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Hervé Lemahieu

Hervé Lemahieu is Director of the Asian Power and Diplomacy Program at the Lowy Institute in Sydney. 

His work analyses and quantifies shifts in the geo-economics, military balance, and diplomatic networks of Asia. Among other projects, Hervé leads the research for the annual Asia Power Index – launched by the Institute in 2018 – which is a data-driven assessment he developed to map the changing distribution of power in the region.

His other interests include the politics and history of Thailand and Myanmar. He also co-chairs the annual track 1.5 Australia–France Strategic Dialogue.

Hervé joined Lowy from the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies where he was Research Associate for Political Economy and Security specialising in Southeast Asia. In an earlier role at Oxford Analytica he consulted on early warning and geopolitical risk for governments and international organisations.

Hervé has an MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy from the University of Oxford, and an MA with first-class honours in International Relations and Modern History from the University of St Andrews.

His commentary and analysis have appeared in a number of media outlets and publications, including the BBC, Bloomberg, CNN, Financial TimesForeign PolicyThe Straits TimesSouth China Morning Post, and Nikkei Asian Review.

The Lowy Institute acknowledges the support of the Australian Government for the Engaging Asia Project.

Articles by Hervé Lemahieu (5)

  • 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