Senior Research Fellow, Asia Institute, Associate, Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society

Dr. Dave McRae

Dr McRae was previously a Research Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy and a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Political and Social Change, Australian National University. Dave McRae has researched conflict, politics, democratisation and human rights issues in Indonesia for over a decade. He wrote his Ph.D. at the Australian National University on post-authoritarian inter-religious violence in Indonesia, explaining why civil war intensity violence could suddenly occur in a previously quiescent region. As Lead Researcher for the World Bank’s Conflict and Development Team in Indonesia between 2008 and 2010 he led a research program on interventions to prevent conflict and address its impacts. Prior to this, he worked for the Jakarta office of the International Crisis Group between 2004 and 2006, researching and writing reports on most of Indonesia’s major conflict areas.

Dave holds a Bachelor of Asian Studies (Specialist-Indonesian) degree with honours and university medal from the Australian National University, as well as a Ph.D. in Southeast Asian Studies. He speaks fluent Indonesian.

Jokowi is seen as an honest politician who meets directly with the common man, but we're still not entirely sure what his leadership would mean for the future of Indonesia, writes Dave McRae.


On the eve of the poll that matters, Dave McRae reflects on the campaign and attitudes of Indonesian voters as they head to the ballot box.