SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Christian Jean Bachheimer

BEng (EFP), MBA (Heriot Watt), DBA (Southern Cross), MSc (LBS), MA (Fletcher)
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Christian Jean Bachheimer
Christian Jean Bachheimer
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Thesis title:
"Unpacking Patterns & Concepts of hedging strategies in Indonesia, Asean with the wider Asia Pacific Powers
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Business Executive, with decades of South East Asian career track across industries. Interests in International and global business strategies, International relations with focus on South East Asia's position in the world, and China influence on South East Asia.

PhD Research

This research is about unpacking, exploring and expanding the traditional concept of hedging in international relations as applied to Indonesia and Asean. Hedging is over simplistically defined as a default position to much piercing concepts such as balancing and bandwagoning. This naturally leads to an ambiguous bag of foreign policy options, blurred by the haziness of the Hedging concept. Therefore, this inquiry is an investigation of the strategic ambiguity as practiced in this region of the world.

The thesis of this research is that multifaceted hedging strategies, an understudied topic, can be broken down into distinctive patterns and categories of foreign policy postures pertinent to this region.

As an extension, these classifications might possibly be relevant to the much wider emerging multipolar world where new forms of hedging will be the instinctive middle powers prevailing foreign policy strategy.


  • A Strategic Model for Global Capital Intensive Industries" available at


  • China as a Regional Power: A New Tianxia". The Chinese way : The New Normal; December 17-18, 2018 Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium


  • MAP Fletcher Advisory Council


  • Influence of China in contemporary South East Asia
  • ASEAN internal and external dynamics in International Relations
  • Indonesian Foreign Policy patterns since its independance
  • Middle power diplomacy and their agency in a multipolar world
  • South East Asian Hedging space and strategies