Dr. Naoise McDonagh researches international political economy, institutional economics, and comparative capitalism, with specialization in the evolution of economic systems. Naoise is President of the Australian Institute of International Affairs, South Australia. He has researched and worked in Universities in Europe, New Zealand and Australia (current). Naoise served two years in the Irish Defence Forces (2002-2004), and worked in the private sector for a decade prior to entering academia. He regularly publishes his research with international journals and book collections, in leading policy forums such as the G20’s annual Think 20, and regularly contributes to domestic and international media coverage of political economy issues. Research in progress analyses the rise of geopolitical instability and its effect on trading relationships, the re-emergence of state-led capitalism and the growing role of state-owned enterprises in global trade.