Dave McRae

Dave McRae is a Senior Research Fellow at the Asia Institute in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne. He is also an Associate at the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society.

What is resource nationalism, what is driving its emergence in Indonesia, and what does it mean for the country? Dr Dave McRae explores these issues with PhD candidate Eve Warburton in the latest Talking Indonesia podcast.

Next Tuesday will mark one year since President Joko Widodo assumed office. What have we learned about him as a leader during his first year in power? Dr Dave McRae explores this issue and more with PhD candidate Wawan Mas’udi in Talking Indonesia.

What are the prospects for abolition or reduction in the use of the death penalty in the remainder of President Joko Widodo’s time in office? Dr Dave McRae explores these issues with Bali Nine lawyer Professor Todung Mulya Lubis in the latest Talking Indonesia podcast.

In the midst of growing anti-foreign sentiment in Indonesia, how do Chinese Indonesians perceive China’s rise, and how does it affect their position in Indonesian society? Dr Dave McRae explores these questions and more with Dr Charlotte Setijadi in Talking Indonesia.

About 18,000 Indonesians have studied in Australia on government-funded scholarships since the 1940s. What has the impact of these scholarships been, for the students themselves, for Indonesia and Australia? Dr Dave McRae explores this question with Dr Jemma Purdey, who has recently completed a study on the issue.

How badly has the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) been damaged by the recent conflict with the police? How can it best fight graft in the current environment? Dave McRae puts these questions and more to Professor Jimly Asshidiqie, a potential future KPK commissioner, in this week’s Talking Indonesia podcast.

How do Indonesian Muslims’ beliefs about Islam affect their political and economic behaviour? Dr Dave McRae explores this issue with Associate Professor Tom Pepinsky in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia. Photo by Dave McRae.

In this week’s Talking Indonesia podcast, Dr Dave McRae speaks to the University of Melbourne’s Dr Ken Setiawan about her recent trip to Buru Island, where her father was held as a political prisoner from 1971 to 1978.

Several hundred Indonesian Muslims have left the country to fight in Syria and Iraq. In this week’s Talking Indonesia podcast, Dr Dave McRae speaks to Dr Muhamad Najib Azca, from Gadjah Mada University, about the issue, and what the government can do to manage the risks posed by their return.

How does the foreign policy of Indonesia’s new president, Joko Widodo, differ to that of his predecessor, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono? Dr Dave McRae explores this issue, among others, with Dr Evi Fitriani, from the University of Indonesia, in the second instalment of Talking Indonesia.

Is generational change taking place within Indonesia’s political parties? Dr Dave McRae explores this issue and more with Philips Vermonte, from the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Jakarta, in the first episode of the new Talking Indonesia podcast.

Indonesia can easily dismiss Australia’s objections to the death penalty when it just involves Australians. But Jokowi’s policies have opened the window for a more powerful multinational response, write Dr Dave McRae and Diane Zhang.