Dr Merriden Varrall

Dr Merriden Varrall

Head of Geopolitics

Articles by Dr Merriden Varrall

Energy & Natural Resources

Australian minerals sector navigate geopolitical complexity and risk

Geopolitical megatrends such as increased strategic competition, inequality, protectionism, nationalism, cyber disruption and disruption from climate change are at the fore, layering complexity on global trade relations.

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Government & Public Sector

The geopolitics of semiconductors, fundamental building blocks of our world

Australia, like anywhere in the world, needs a reliable supply of semiconductors both right now, and as it faces into the future, including in our transition to a net-zero economy.

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Government & Public Sector

Globalisation and higher education – the ephemeral dream

Australia’s return to sustained economic growth is highly dependent on our exports. Pre-COVID-19, education was Australia’s third largest export earner.

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Asia & International Markets

Beyond Bali and Bintang beer – it’s time for a stronger future with Indonesia

A year ago, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo became the 15th world leader to address the House of Representatives in Canberra. It was hoped that the visit would be the trigger…

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Asia & International Markets

RCEP: a timely mechanism for building ties and enriching connectivity and trust in the ASEAN region

Because of Australia’s existing trade agreements with other RCEP member countries, substantial tariff cuts on Australian exports are not the major advantage for us. But just as significant as trade flows, however, are the geopolitical implications of RCEP.

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Asia & International Markets

Australian Agriculture in a Geopolitical Maelstrom

The strong international focus of Australian agriculture drives growth opportunities, but also exposes the sector to significant geopolitical risk.

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Business & Economy

Niche manufacturing should lead Australian post-crisis agenda

While the post-COVID-19 recovery will be difficult, it provides opportunities to develop new technologies that can generate new businesses, industries, jobs, and sustainable, low-carbon growth.

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Asia & International Markets

China still remains incredibly important to Australian business

With China’s economy showing signs of recovery as the country begins to emerge from the COVID-19 epidemic, we can’t lose commercial sight that China remains incredibly important in the medium-long term to Australia.

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Asia & International Markets

Erosion of international institutions a major challenge to managing and responding to global concerns

The 2020 World Economic Forum (WEF) identified the erosion of international institutions as a major challenge to managing and responding to pressing global concerns.

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