Dr Merriden Varrall

Dr Merriden Varrall

Head of Geopolitics

Articles by Dr Merriden Varrall

Government & Public Sector

The geopolitics of infrastructure: the US passes the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

Geopolitics shapes infrastructure policies and in turn infrastructure policies shape geopolitics

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Assurance & Risk

Magnitsky: Changes to the Australian sanctions regime and why they matter to you

The amendments broaden scope of the Act.  Now, rather than focusing on foreign states, sanctions can also be thematic, allowing for a wider net to be cast for egregious conduct.

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Energy & Natural Resources

Geopolitics of the energy transition: implications for Australia in the reshaping of the political map

It is a profound conundrum: humanity cannot survive unless we decarbonise, no-one can decarbonise alone, and we are entering an era of increased geostrategic competition.

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Government & Public Sector

AUKUS: what is new about this trilateral security agreement?

According to the Joint Leaders Statement on AUKUS, the partnership will promote deeper cooperation on a range of security and defence capabilities, including information and technology sharing.

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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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