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 (20)

Indonesia’s New Workers Party: Ambiguity in Labour Politics

Max Lane

The formation of a new Workers Party backed by the country’s labour unions signifies a new trend in Indonesian politics.

Timor Leste’s New President: Polarisation Defused or Postponed?

Max Lane

The victory of Dr Jose Ramos Horta in Timor’s recent presidential elections has done little to defuse the political polarisation that has afflicted the country in recent years.

A Victory for the Social Opposition: Upping Protection for Victims of Sexual Violence

Max Lane

Indonesia’s social opposition has notched an important victory with the passage of a landmark law against sexual violence. The victory was propelled by a unified campaign and the fact that the legislation did not pose a threat to economic interests.

A Third Term for Jokowi: Weighing the Risks of Constitutional Change

Max Lane

The recent brouhaha over a possible extension of President Joko Widodo’s term underscores a quandary in Indonesia’s politics: there is no low-risk candidate that political parties can back.

Timor-Leste’s Presidential Elections: A Quiet or Rowdy Neighbour for Indonesia?

Max Lane

There have been contentions in Timor Leste’s political landscape in the run-up to the presidential elections. But Indonesia has less to worry about, given that political parties across the spectrum support strong relations with Jakarta.