Dr Max Lane is Visiting Senior Fellow at the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute.

For 50 years he has written articles and books on Indonesian politics, history and culture. He has been a Second Secretary at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta; Principal Research Officer, Senate Committee of Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade; written hundreds of articles for newspapers and non-government organisations and am a published translator of Indonesian literary works, including works by Pramoedya Ananta Toer and Rendra.

He has been an academic at the University of Sydney, Victoria University (Melbourne), Murdoch University and the National University of Singapore and lectured at universities in Southeast Asia, Europe and the United States.

Articles by Max Lane (32)

Indonesian workers march during the International Workers’ Day near the National Monument in Jakarta, Indonesia

Polarisations in Indonesia: Distinguishing the Real from the Rhetorical

Max Lane

This Long Read argues that the polarisation perceived in Indonesian mainstream politics is more rhetorical than real. They mainly reflect opportunistic tactical calculations and obscure the real polarisations in Indonesia’s political landscape.

Jokowi’s Manoeuvres in Defiance of Megawati Aimed at Consolidating Future Position

Max Lane

How does an outgoing president secure his political future without the usual party mechanism?

Will the Labour Party Successfully Challenge the Dominance of “Elektabilitas” Politics in Indonesia?

Max Lane

A small new party is sticking to its ideological guns but will probably not make much of a dent in the established elite’s stranglehold on Indonesia’s electoral politics.

Indonesia’s Presidential Nominations, May Day, and the Fragmented Politics of Labour

Max Lane

The small but vocal Partai Buruh (PB), a newcomer to Indonesian politics, could disrupt the 2024 elections if its questioning of the status quo succeeds. For now, the odds remain low.

Viva “Elektabilitas”! Indonesia’s Policy-Free Coalition Fever

Max Lane

The question of electability has turned Indonesian voters' attention towards potential running mates for the putative presidential candidates in the 2024 race.