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Karl D. Jackson

C.V. Starr Distinguished Professor of Southeast Asia Studies


Karl D. Jackson is the C.V. Starr Distinguished Professor of Southeast Asia Studies at the School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University. Formerly he served as professor of political science at the University of California, Berkeley. Books authored or edited include: Political Power and Communication in Indonesia (with Lucian Pye); Traditional Authority, Islam and Rebellion: A Study of Indonesian Political Behavior; ASEAN Security and Economic Development (with Hadi Soesastro); ASEAN in Regional and International Context(with Sukhumband Paribatra and Djiwandono Soejati); United States-Thailand Relations (with Wiwat Mungkandi); Cambodia 1975-78: Rendezvous with Death; Asian Contagion: Causes and Consequences of a Financial Crisis; Incomplete Democracies in the Asia-Pacific (with Giovanna Dore and Jae Ku). In government, he served as: Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia and the Pacific, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Asia, National Security Council; and National Security Advisor to the Vice President of the United States. He was also President of the U.S.-Thailand Business Council; Managing Director at International Foreign Exchange Concepts; Senior Advisor at Cerberus Capital Partners, and Senior Advisor to the President of the World Bank and to the Vice President of the International Finance Corporation.



  • Economics
  • Global Financial Crises
  • Leadership Studies
  • Southeast Asia Studies
  • World Bank and International Monetary Fund

In the News

Asia's democracy puzzle: Five uneasy pieces.

Karl D. Jackson and Giovanna Maria Dora Dore wrote in Asian Perspectives, 10/09