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Darren Lim

Darren Lim is a Lecturer in the School of Politics and International Relations at the Australian National University. 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.

Articles by Darren Lim (3)

  • Australia can only influence the AIIB if it joins

    America's second-most senior diplomat, Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, is retiring, and this week he penned some parting words of advice for his colleagues. While his wisdom is worth reading in its entirety, one point is particularly germane to Australia's foreign policy choices: 'connect leverage to strategy'. This means 'effective strategy requires leverage, connecting concepts and goals to available instruments of national power'.
  • Hillary Clinton's trade warning: Can China coerce Australia?

    Hillary Clinton believes Australia is too economically dependent on China, warning that dependence could 'undermine your freedom of movement and your sovereignty — economic and political'. Citing the example of European dependence on Russian gas, Clinton urges Australia to diversify its economic relationships. Is she right? Economic dependence can be a problem in two ways.