Darren Lim is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Politics and International Relations at the Australian National University and co-host of the Australia in the World podcast. He researches and teaches in the field of international relations, at the intersection of international political economy and international security. His major research interests focus on economic statecraft, the foundations of economic interdependence (particularly between China and its economic partners), and the mechanisms through which trade and investment links can affect states’ security and foreign policies.
Issue areas covered by Darren’s published research include: “Debt trap diplomacy” and Chinese economic statecraft in Sri Lanka; how East Asian states navigate relations between the US and China through hedging strategies; Sino-US technology competition and great power rivalry; China’s “institutional statecraft” and its creation of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank; bargaining power in Eurozone bailout negotiations between Greece and Germany; and power in Australian foreign policy.
Darren received his PhD in 2014 from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Initially trained in law and economics, Darren previously worked as Associate to the Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia, a corporate lawyer, and researcher at International Crisis Group.