Hervé Lemahieu

Director of Research
Hervé Lemahieu
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As Director of Research, Hervé Lemahieu manages the Lowy Institute's research team and oversees its research agenda and output. 

Until 2021, he was responsible for the Institute's Power and Diplomacy Program. His research interests include Australian foreign policy, global governance and political economy, and Southeast Asia. 

In 2018, Hervé developed the Asia Power Index, which is an annual data-driven assessment that maps the changing distribution of power in the region. He has worked on other methodologies to improve technical understanding of key issues, including the Global Diplomacy Index and the COVID Performance Index. 

Hervé provides regular commentary in Australian and international media, has given evidence at parliamentary inquiries, and presented his research at the World Economic Forum in Davos. He has also convened a number of bilateral and trilateral strategic dialogues between Australia, ASEAN, the European Union, France and the United States. 

Before joining Lowy, Hervé was Research Associate for Political Economy and Security at the London-based think tank IISS. Prior to that, he consulted on early warning and geopolitical risk for governments and international organisations. 

Hervé holds an MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy from the University of Oxford, and an MA in International Relations and Modern History from the University of St Andrews. A Belgian native, he grew up in Myanmar among other countries.

Thailand: the Princess vs the General
Thailand: the Princess vs the General
It’s very unusual for key players from the country’s two most powerful institutions to publicly showcase divisions.
Commentary
Europe's crisis of unrealistic expectations
Originally published in Australian Financial Review Hervé Lemahieu
Commentary
Why the US should not simply decouple from China without building new partnerships
Originally published in South China Morning PostRichard McGregor , Hervé Lemahieu
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Why North Korea is in no hurry to do what the US wants
Meeting in Singapore last month, US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un captured the world's attention and promised to work towards “new relations”. Why…
Commentary
The Global Power Balance Shifts Toward Asia
Originally published on Brink News. Bonnie Bley , Hervé Lemahieu
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North Korea is a dangerous distraction
The real struggle in Asia is with China — and Trump is throwing away U.S. advantages. First published by Foreign Policy on 23 May 2018. Michael Fullilove , Hervé…
US remains the top power in Asia but for how long, as Trump erodes vital alliances?
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US remains the top power in Asia but for how long, as Trump erodes vital alliances?
Michael Fullilove and Hervé Lemahieu say China is rapidly gaining on the US as an Asian regional power, and the Trump administration’s mismanagement of trade and diplomatic ties…
Australia must shed self-doubt over its place in the new Asia
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Australia must shed self-doubt over its place in the new Asia
Originally published in The Australian on 9 May 2018. Michael Fullilove , Hervé Lemahieu
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Myanmar's idol falls from grace
Originally published in the Australian Financial Review.Hervé Lemahieu
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