Dr Dave McRae

Areas of expertise
Indonesian politics and security issues; Australia-Indonesia relations; legal and human rights issues; regional issues in Southeast Asia
Dr Dave McRae
News and media

Dave McRae has researched conflict, politics, democratisation and human rights issues in Indonesia for well over a decade. He is the author of A Few Poorly Organized Men: Interreligious Violence in Poso, Indonesia (2013) and translator of Solahudin’s The Roots of Terrorism in Indonesia (2013).  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. From 2011 until January 2014 he was Research Fellow in the East Asia Program at the Lowy Institute, covering Indonesia and Southeast Asia. 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. He is currently a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Political and Social Change in the School of International, Political and Strategic Studies at the Australian National University.


Australia–Indonesia: strangers next door
Australia–Indonesia: strangers next door
Two-way tensions, fears, and misunderstandings signal that bilateral ties face a bumpy ride ahead.
More talk than walk: Indonesia as a foreign policy actor
In a new Lowy Institute Analysis, Australian National University visiting fellow Dr Dave McRae argues that Indonesia is unlikely to become a significantly…
Journal Articles
Indonesian politics in 2013: the emergence of new leadership?
In a new article in the Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies journal, Lowy Institute Research Fellow Dr Dave McRae surveys Indonesian politics in 2013, focusing on the impact…
Kepentingan Bersama Indonesia dan Australia (Indonesia's and Australia's Common Interests)
Lowy Institute Research Fellow Dr Dave McRae, in an opinion piece for Indonesian news portal VivaNews, argues that the spying row of the past week exposes the need for Indonesia…
Abbott's failure to listen escalates spying row
In an opinion piece in The Drum, Lowy Institute Research Fellow Dr Dave McRae says that Tony Abbott's failure to proactively defuse the spying row with Indonesia has…
Challenges ahead for the Indonesia relationship
In an opinion piece in The Drum, Lowy Institute Research Fellow Dr Dave McRae says Prime Minister Tony Abbott's visit to Indonesia was a positive, but four genuine challenges…
Kebijakan Abbott Bisa Picu Gesekan (Abbott's Policies Could Trigger Tension)
Lowy Institute Research Fellow Dr Dave McRae, in an opinion piece for the Media Indonesia newspaper, explains that the newly-elected Coalition have maintained Indonesia as a…
Dicing with death penalties in Indonesia
Lowy Institute Research Fellow Dr Dave McRae has published an article in Chatham House's The World Today on the ramifications at home of protecting citizens abroad from the…
A few poorly organized men
A few poorly organized men
This is the full pre-print text of 'A few poorly organized men: interreligious violence in Poso, Indonesia' by Dave McRae, published by Brill in May 2013.The hardcopy of…