Ali Maksum, PhD. Was born in Ponorogo, East Java. He earned first degree from Universitas Hang Tuah Surabaya in 2006. He obtained MA in international relations from Universiti Malaysia Sabah and PhD in international studies from Universiti Sains Malaysia in 2016.

Currently he is teaching at the department of international relations and master program of international relations (MIHI), Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta. His research focuses on Southeast Asian Studies and foreign policy.

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