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.

Commentary
Global consensus can sway China
Events this week show that, amid the most protracted great power stand-off since the Cold War, middle powers can forge global consensus. Originally published in the…
COVIDcast Episode 10: Australia’s role in shaping a post-corona world
COVIDcast Episode 10: Australia’s role in shaping a post-corona world
The latest episode in a podcast to discuss the implications of coronavirus for Australia, the region, and the world.
COVIDcast Episode 10: Sen. Penny Wong on Australia's role in the post COVID-19 world
Podcasts
COVIDcast Episode 10: Sen. Penny Wong on Australia's role in the post COVID-19 world
In Episode 10, Hervé Lemahieu, Director of the Asian Power and Diplomacy Program, sits down with Senator Penny Wong, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and Leader of the…
Strength in numbers: The benefit from global efforts to halt the virus
Strength in numbers: The benefit from global efforts to halt the virus
Scientists racing to solve Covid-19 are proving that international solidarity is no empty platitude.
Analyses
The World After COVID
How will the COVID-19 pandemic change the world? Lowy Institute experts provide their analysis.
COVIDcast Episode 6: Geopolitics and the pandemic
COVIDcast Episode 6: Geopolitics and the pandemic
The latest episode in a podcast to discuss the implications of coronavirus for Australia, the region, and the world.
The World After COVID‑19
Interactives
The World After COVID‑19
  How will the coronavirus pandemic change the world? Lowy Institute experts provide their analysis.
COVIDcast Episode 6: Geopolitics and the coronavirus pandemic
Podcasts
COVIDcast Episode 6: Geopolitics and the coronavirus pandemic
COVIDcast is a Lowy Institute pop-up podcast for anyone interested in understanding the effect of coronavirus on global politics. Each week for the next few weeks, Lowy Institute…
Commentary
West must face its viral demons
It may be the global politics of the pandemic, rather than COVID-19 itself, that proves our undoing. Originally published in the Australian Financial Review 
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