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Dr Darren Lim

PhD (Princeton); MPA (Princeton); B.Ec (Hons I), LLB (Hons I) (Monash)
Lecturer in International Relations
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • International Relations 160607
  • Government And Politics Of Asia And The Pacific 160606
  • Defence Studies 160604
  • Political Science 1606

Research interests

  • Economic diplomacy and coercion
  • Interdependence and the economic-security nexus
  • Grand strategy
  • Australian foreign policy
  • International political economy
  • International trade
  • International security
  • Qualitative research methods



Originally from Melbourne, Darren Lim joined the School of Politics and International Relations in June 2015. He graduated with a PhD in 2015 from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. His research primarily focuses on economic statecraft (diplomacy and coercion), the foundations of interdependence, particularly between China and its major economic partners (including Australia), and the mechanisms through which trade and investment links can affect states’ security and foreign policies. Other research projects include “hedging” security strategies in East Asia, the relationship between Security Council membership and foreign aid receipts, and the political economy of power transitions in the context of US-China relations.  

Available student projects

Economic statecraft: Diplomacy and/or coercion

Security and foreign policy choices of secondary states

Grand strategy; great power rivalry; power transitions

Australian foreign policy


Current student projects

Cybersecurity in international relations (I. Hansen)

Past student projects

Price and energy security in East Asia (V. Ferguson)

Economic sanctions and Iran (R. Akmal)

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Updated:  23 April 2018 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers