Linda Jakobson is the East Asia Program Director at the Lowy Institute for International Policy. Before moving to Sydney in 2011 she lived and worked in China for 20 years and published six books on Chinese and East Asian society. Her last position in Beijing was Director of the China and Global Security Programme and Senior Researcher at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) 2009-2011. A Mandarin speaker, Jakobson has published extensively on China’s foreign policy, the Taiwan Straits, China’s energy security, and science & technology polices. Her recent publications include China's Foreign Policy Dilemma (Lowy Institute Analysis, Feb. 2013), China's Arctic Aspirations (SIPRI Policy Paper, Nov. 2012, with Jingchao Peng), Australia-China ties: In search of political trust (Lowy Institute Policy Brief, June 2011), and New Foreign Policy Actors in China (SIPRI Policy Paper 26/2010, with Dean Knox). Jakobson’s research at the Lowy Institute focuses on China’s foreign and security policy, Northeast Asian political dynamics, maritime security in Indo-Pacific Asia, and Australia-China ties.
Areas of Expertise
China’s foreign and security policy; Chinese politics; Northeast Asia security issues; Taiwan Strait