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Sylvia Windya Laksmi

PhD student

BSc. in International Relations (University of Padjadjaran), MSc. in Terrorism Studies (University of Indonesia)

Briliantina Putri

Sylvia W Laksmi commenced her doctoral studies at the NSC in February 2017.

She holds a BSc. from University of Padjadjaran (Indonesia) focusing on International Security Studies and a Master in Terrorism Studies from the University of Indonesia (UI). Sylvia first joined the Indonesian Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) in 2007 serving in the Inter-Agency Cooperation Unit, mainly responsible for the coordination of money laundering and terrorism financing investigations.

Because of her outstanding educational background in terrorism studies, she has been assigned as a senior analyst/researcher since 2013 and responsible in handling intelligence analysis focusing on terrorism financing cases. Sylvia has a breadth of experience as a subject matter expert on anti-noney laundering and counter-terrorism financing issues in both the domestic and international contexts.

Research interests

  • National Security
  • Terrorism
  • Terrorism Financing
  • Money Laundering

Thesis topic

Sylvia’s thesis work at the NSC is on the analysis of the Indonesian Government’s capabilities in countering social network-based terrorist financing. Her focus is on the social network analysis of illicit financial flows of terrorist groups’ networks in Indonesia and the Southeast Asia-Pacific, including financial technology innovations which influence the development of terrorist financing.Sylvia's PhD research is aiming to provide a comprehensive map of terrorist financing issues in Indonesia through social network analysis and a study of the government’s capabilities in addressing these issues. Her findings could ultimately contribute to improving the Indonesian Government’s strategy in countering social network-based terrorist financing.


BSc. Thesis: Peran pemerintah Amerika Serikat dalam upaya penaggulangan Abu Sayyaf Group di Filipina Selatan (The role of United States Government in countering Abu Sayyaf Group in southern Philippines), UNPAD 2007.
MSc. Thesis: Dinamika pendanaan organisasi teror: Analisis perubahan pola pendanaan terorisme di Indonesia (The dynamics of terrorist organisations’ funding: An analysis of changes in terrorist financing’s pattern in Indonesia), UI 2012, pp156.
‘Money laundering: Child sex exploitation case’, Republika, 30 May 2015.
‘Rethinking the anti-terrorism strategy of Indonesia’, The Jakarta Post, 19 June 2015.
‘Countering terrorism’s center of gravity: Money or ideology?’, The Jakarta Post, 30 October 2015.
‘Abusing virtual world to finance terrorism’, The Jakarta Post, 15 July 2016.
‘Regional terrorism financing risk assessment framework: Southeast Asia and Australia’, Counter Terrorist Trends and Analysis Journal, vol. 8, no. 10, pp. 20-24.
’Terrorism financing and the risk of internet-based payment services in Indonesia’, Counter Terrorist Trends and Analysis Journal, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 21-25.


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