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Hervé Lemahieu

Hervé Lemahieu is the Director of Research at the Lowy Institute, where he is responsible for the Institute’s team of experts and oversees its research output. In the interim, he also continues to direct the Power and Diplomacy Program.

His main research focus is on the implications of Asia’s economic transformation for war, peace and the global balance of power in the twenty-first century. He joined the Institute in 2016 to develop the Asia Power Index, which is an annual data-driven assessment that maps the changing distribution of power in the region. He specialises in methodologies to improve technical understanding of key issues, including the Asia Power Index, Global Diplomacy Index and COVID Performance Index. 

Hervé writes on Australian foreign policy, great power competition and middle power diplomacy, global governance and multilateralism, and Southeast Asia with a focus on Myanmar. He has convened a number of bilateral and trilateral strategic dialogues between Australia and ASEAN, the European Union, France and the United States, and has also presented his research at the World Economic Forum in Davos. 

Hervé joined Lowy from the International Institute for Strategic Studies, where he was Research Associate for Political Economy and Security. In an earlier role at Oxford Analytica, 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. He grew up in Myanmar. 

Articles by Hervé Lemahieu (11)

  • Thailand poised for an orderly royal succession

    The passing of an ailing octogenarian can never be truly unexpected. Yet the mood in Thailand is one of collective shock at the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest-reigning monarch. Against this backdrop, the military transitional government of Prayut Chan-Ocha has begun laying out a carefully choreographed royal transition. The process must be seen to be smooth and orderly precisely, because it threatens to upend so much of Thai politics and society. 
  • Suu Kyi and Obama open new chapter in US engagement with Myanmar

    Washington DC and the United Nations in New York mark the latest stops in a substantial foreign policy offensive for Aung San Suu Kyi.  Her presence as Myanmar's leader at the East Asia Summit last week for the first time put the ‘State Counsellor’ (an office created to reflect her status as de facto head of government) on equal footing with other regional heads of government. It also settles the question of how Suu Kyi's administration would handle issues of protocol and power-sharing with her