Hervé Lemahieu

Director of Research
Areas of expertise

Global governance; Indo-Pacific strategy; Southeast Asia; Myanmar; Data-driven analysis

Hervé Lemahieu
Biography
Publications
News and media

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 in front of congressional and parliamentary committees, 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.

New government in Canberra: A reset for Australia’s Indo-Pacific approach?
Commentary
New government in Canberra: A reset for Australia’s Indo-Pacific approach?
Following the May Federal election, Australia has its first centre-left government in close to a decade, led by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese. Originally published in the French…
An address by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Speeches
An address by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
On 7 July 2022, the Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, gave an address at the Lowy Institute in Sydney titled A Pacific Springboard to Engage the…
Conversations: Australian Attitudes To The World
Podcasts
Conversations: Australian Attitudes To The World
Lowy Institute Director of Research Hervé Lemahieu talks to the Institute’s head of polling, Natasha Kassam, about the 2022 Lowy Institute Poll and what Australians think about…
Penny Wong targets Asia’s missing middle
Commentary
Penny Wong targets Asia’s missing middle
As the PM talks to NATO, Penny Wong has toured the anxious middle nations of South-East Asia keen to hedge their bets with the great powers. Originally published in the Australian…
Conversations: Europe and Australia in the Indo-Pacific
Podcasts
Conversations: Europe and Australia in the Indo-Pacific
In this episode of Conversations, Hervé Lemahieu talks to Gabriele Visentin, EU Special Envoy for the Indo-Pacific, and Lowy Institute Research Fellow Susannah Patton about the…
Conversations: Foreign policy and the Hawke legacy
Podcasts
Conversations: Foreign policy and the Hawke legacy
In this episode of Lowy Institute Conversations, journalist and biographer Troy Bramston speaks to Lowy Institute Director of Research Hervé Lemahieu about the foreign policy of…
AUKUS and nuclear proliferation
Speeches
AUKUS and nuclear proliferation
The Lowy Institute hosted Dr Alan J. Kuperman, Associate Professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs in Texas for a discussion on the implications of AUKUS for the…
Towards a Better Vaccine Diplomacy
Commentary
Towards a Better Vaccine Diplomacy
If vaccine diplomacy is the new great game, it is being played wrong by all sides, with the risk that no one will be left a winner. Originally published in The Diplomat.
Lowy Institute Conversations: Crisis in Ukraine and Russia's long game
Podcasts
Lowy Institute Conversations: Crisis in Ukraine and Russia's long game
In this special edition of Lowy Institute Conversations, Research Director Hervé Lemahieu speaks to Nonresident Fellow Bobo Lo about Russia's tactics and ambitions in Ukraine, and…
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