Darren Lim

School of Politics and International Relations, College of Arts & Social Sciences

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Darren Lim


I research and teach in the field of international relations, at the intersection of international political economy and international security. My major research interests focus on geoeconomics (including economic statecraft and technology competition), grand strategy in the context of power transitions and international order, and the Indo-Pacific region.

The issue areas covered by my published research include (see my personal website for links):

“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
Conceptualising and measuring power in Australian foreign policy
Bargaining power in Eurozone bailout negotiations between Greece and Germany
“Doxing democracy”, i.e. cyber interference in democratic elections
As of January 2019, topics I’m currently working on include a book project on geoeconomic coercion, and paper projects on the logic of a China-led international order, informal economic sanctions, and tourism as an instrument of economic statecraft.

I also co-host a podcast called Australia in the World.

I received my PhD in 2014 from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Initially trained in law and economics, I previously worked as Associate to the Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia, a corporate lawyer, and researcher at International Crisis Group.


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