Programs & Projects

The North Asia Program

The North Asia Program

The North Asia Program conducts research on the politics and foreign policies of the countries of North Asia, with a focus on how domestic politics in these countries shape external behaviour. Researchers focus on the countries and territories of North and Northeast Asia, including China, Japan, Korea, North Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. From 2020, the Institute's extensive research on Southeast Asia - including Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, and Myanmar - is now incorporated in our newly-dedicated Southeast Asia Program. Each Program also commissions work by other scholars on the broader region. To complement their written research, Lowy Instiutute experts hold a robust series of dialogues and events on the politics of the region, independently and in partnership with other organisations.

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Senior Fellow for East Asia
Nonresident Fellow
Nonresident Fellow
Nonresident Fellow
Commentary
China’s communists guard their future from the past
As they celebrate their party’s centenary, China’s leaders remain obsessed with the fate of the Soviet Union and its political reforms. They study history to avoid a repeat. …
Commentary
Xi's tech crackdown preserves socialism with Chinese characteristics
Protecting foreign investors has never been a top priority. Originally published in Nikkei Asia Review   Richard McGregor
Commentary
China’s looming succession crisis
What will happen when Xi is gone? Originally published in Foreign Affairs.
Commentary
Biden and Xi talk of a clash of civilisations. But the real shared goal is dominance
The US president has challenged the idea that the ‘east is rising, the west declining’. Instead, he insists that America’s day is far from done. Originally published by The…
Commentary
Canberra clueless to China’s flexible diplomacy
Australia insists on viewing Beijing in black and white. But that’s ill-matched with China’s expertise in the grey zone. Originally published in The Australian Financial Review.
Commentary
Reading the Xi leaves: what’s next for the Chinese President
If Xi Jinping had followed the rules, he would be stepping down next year. The longer he stays in office without an anointed successor, the greater the risk of a power struggle…
After Xi: Future Scenarios for Leadership Succession in Post-Xi Jinping Era
Analyses
After Xi: Future Scenarios for Leadership Succession in Post-Xi Jinping Era
A Joint Report of the CSIS Freeman Chair in China Studies and the Lowy Institute
Commentary
China’s Guinea mine is about security, not economics
Beijing’s investment in a greenfield project in Guinea is intended not so much to slash prices for Chinese steelmakers, but to guarantee the supply of a vital resource by…
Commentary
Harness collective clout of allies to counter China’s power
Unless like-minded nations bind together to push back in unison, Beijing will keep singling out countries for punishment at little cost to its interest. Originally published in…
Commentary
Xi Jinping’s Strength is China’s Weakness
Unlike any other Chinese leader since 1949, he has no identifiable rivals and no likely successors. Originally published in The New York Times.
Xinhua News Agency
26 September 2022
The Australian Financial Review
16 September 2022
The Australian Financial Review
16 September 2022
The Australian Financial Review
10 September 2022
The Atlantic
21 August 2022
The Sydney Morning Herald
20 August 2022
ABC Radio
6 August 2022
Bloomberg
3 August 2022
The Australian Financial Review
8 July 2022
The Australian Financial Review
8 July 2022