6/8/2020. “ A Tool for Biopolitical Researchers, Policymakers, and Citizens.” The Journal of Politics and the Life Sciences (with Daniel Glass).Abstract is a new online, mass-collaborative tool for the social sciences that aggregates evidence for and classifies the evolved psychological adaptations (EPAs) that have been proposed to comprise the human mind. This article provides an overview of the need for this reference tool and how it can benefit researchers who incorporate the behavioral sciences into their work. The article walks the reader through a hypothetical use case for and describes the features of the website. is intended to help key stakeholders better understand the linkages between EPAs and political behavior, public policy, and ethics.
3/15/2020. “Kalla as Indonesia's Mideast Peace Envoy: An Opportunity for Nobel Recognition?” The Jakarta Post (with William P. Tuchrello).
3/5/2020. “The Taxonomy of Human Evolved Psychological Adaptations.” The Evolution Institute: This View of Life.
3/4/2020. “Why Indonesia's President Jokowi Should Wish All Jews a Happy Passover.” The Jakarta Globe.
6/4/2019. “Democratic Indonesia Exemplifies 'Truly Asia'.” The Jakarta Post.
2/8/2019. “Indonesia Should Lead in Global Jewish-Muslim Ties.” The Jakarta Post. indonesia_jewish-muslim_ties.jpg
1/24/2019. “Recognizing Israel Aligns with Indonesia's Interests, Ambitions and Constitution.” The East-West Center: The Asia-Pacific Bulletin. (with William P. Tuchrello).Abstract
In Indonesia’s successful campaign for UN Security Council nonpermanent membership, it expressed its desire to be a global “bridge-builder” and “partner for peace” in world affairs. 2019 brings Indonesia, as the world’s largest Muslim-majority state and third-largest democracy heading to national elections in April, an opportunity to expand its non-aligned foreign policy to the Mideast. There is an opportunity for the next administration to expand Indonesia’s long-term goal of becoming a major leader in world affairs by fostering an Indonesian-Israeli-Palestinian trialogue toward a two-state solution. Indonesia's reluctance to formally engage in diplomacy with Israel until the completion of a two-state solution is costly.
10/25/2018. “Can Trump Win the Global Swing States?” Harvard University Ash Center for Democratic Governance & Innovation (with Vikram Janardhan).
9/14/2018. “Indonesia was Wrong to Reject Nas Daily's Visa.” The Jakarta Post.
6/26/2018. “Indonesian Voters Debate Globalization.” Yale Global.Abstract
Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous nation and Asia’s fifth largest economy, is “a sprawling, 3,000-year-old civilization with more than 360 ethnicities, 707 languages and dozens of religions,” writes foreign policy analyst Niruban Balachandran. “Perhaps this diversity and openness to trade and exchange contribute to Indonesians’ surprising embrace of globalization.” That is not to say that the country escapes the pressures of economic nationalism, including price controls or worries about foreign workers competing for jobs. President Joko Widodo and Indonesians appreciate the benefits of new infrastructure associated with China’s Belt and Road Initiative and other foreign investments, but worry about debt, overwhelming controls and big cultural changes. Indonesia’s subnational elections in late June and national election in 2019 are a referendum on how the government manages globalization, and whether all segments of society will benefit, as the economy is on pace to being among the world’s top five economies before 2050.
4/19/2018. “In Jewish-Indonesia Relations, Many Hopeful Signs.” Tablet Magazine.Abstract
There’s no doubt that Chinese Indonesians and Jews need to be treated better by both their fellow citizens and the state, but things aren’t as grim as you may believe.
1/16/2018. Policy Brief: ASEAN at 50, Southeast Asia at Risk: What Should Be Done?. Stanford University and the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, Honolulu, Hawaii.Abstract
In October 2017, twenty-two scholars from eight countries attended a workshop in Honolulu titled “ASEAN at 50, Southeast Asia at Risk: What Should be Done?” The workshop was designed to facilitate a frank and creative discussion of policy recommendations, with the intention of providing the resulting proposals to ASEAN member states and other regional powers. Following two days of discussion and debate, the attendees produced a series of specific policy recommendations (SPRs). Their final recommendations have been included in this policy brief.
9/20/2017. “The United States Should Join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.” The East-West Center: The Asia-Pacific Bulletin.
3/27/2017. “Why Israel is a Good Partner for Indonesia.” The Jerusalem Post.
1/2017. “In Defense of Istibsyaroh.” The Jakarta Post.
12/2012. “A Periodic Table of Human Psychological Adaptations. (Dec. 2012) Psychology Today (with Michael E. Mills, Ph.D.).” Psychology Today.
12/2012. “Why Indonesia Needs a Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence.” The Proceedings of the Indonesia National Education Conference (with Ray Smilor, Ph.D.).Abstract
This paper proposes the creation of the Indonesia Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence (ICEE), localized for both Indonesia's and the ASEAN region's current economic and sociopolitical environments. The ICEE, based on best practices from existing worldwide centers and previous models by Smilor et al.(2007), would deliver most or all of the following activity options year-round: custom training for Indonesian entrepreneurs taught by distinguished Indonesian and international faculty in a peer-learning and experiential environment, CEO roundtables and a lecture series, international entrepreneur matching programs, global venture capital networking and partnering efforts, an ASEAN Business Plan Competition, optional empirical research and scholarly activities such as an endowed distinguished lecture series, and international partnerships with highly-ranked business schools and universities overseas. This paper also covers proposed quantitative and qualitative success measures, as well as how the ICEE would generate jobs,
create wealth, and stimulate technological innovation to contribute economic vitality and community well-being in both Indonesia and the ASEAN region.
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11/2012. “Preventing an Asia-Pacific Arms Race.” Foreign Policy Digest.
9/2012. “An Open Letter to Abu Bakar Bashir: In Defense of the US Embassy in Jakarta. (Mirror).” The Jakarta Globe.
6/2012. “ The Taxonomy of Human Evolved Psychological Adaptations. (with Daniel J. Glass).” Evolution: Education and Outreach Journal, 5, 2, Pp. 312-320.Abstract
We announce the launch of, a collaborative web-based project devoted to classifying and evaluating evolved psychological adaptations (EPAs), geared toward researchers, educators, students, and the general public. The website works by aggregating citations which support or challenge the existence of each purported EPA, using a mathematical algorithm to assign an evidentiary strength score to each, and generating a table which represents the current but ever-changing state of the empirical evidence. Citations are added and assigned evaluative ratings by both general users and an international community of expert contributors; as such, the content of the site will represent the consensus of the scientific community and new research opportunities. PsychTable has features for achieving empirical meta-goals such as quality control, hypothesis testing, cross-disciplinary collaboration, and didactic utility. Additionally, PsychTable will help adjudicate arguments within the field by providing a one-stop resource to display which proposed EPAs have strong empirical support and which others are relatively lacking in evidence.