Foreign Investment & National Security



Lenihan, A. (2018). Balancing Power Without Weapons: State Intervention into Cross-Border Mergers & Acquisitions. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Available open access at:

Journal Articles

Lenihan, A. (2014) ‘Sovereign Wealth Funds and the Acquisition of Power,’ New Political Economy, 19 (2), 227-257.

Policy Reports

Lenihan, A. (2021) ‘How can the effectiveness of Western FDI regulations be ensured with respect to the national security risks posed by strategic inbound investment from China?’ in Protect, Constrain, Contest: Approaches for coordinated transatlantic economic and technological competition with China, LSE IDEAS, January 27.

Lenihan, A. (2011) Foreign Investment in India after the Global Financial Crisis, Washington, D.C.: German Marshall Fund of the United States, Policy Brief, September 21.


Lenihan, A. and N. Gamester. (2011) ‘Getting Indian Entrepreneurship Right; Small Policy Fixes Can Yield Big Growth Dividends,’ The Wall Street Journal, April 28.

Lenihan, A. (2011) ‘Europe’s Growing Prosperity Gap; Strengthening EU Takes More than Fixing Economies,’ MarketWatch, March 1.

Lenihan, A. (2010) ‘Look Beyond Growth for True Prosperity.’ South China Morning Post, December 9.

Lenihan, A. (2010) ‘Health, Schools and Security Keep UK Down.’ City A.M., October 27.


Oral Testimony to the International Trade Committee, UK Parliament (May 26, 2021)

Oral Testimony to the Foreign Affairs Committee, UK Parliament (February 23, 2021)

Oral Testimony to the National Security and Investment Bill Committee, UK Parliament (November 24, 2020)

Written Evidence

Lenihan, A. Written Evidence to the Foreign Affair’s Committee Inquiry on the FCDO’s role in blocking foreign asset stripping in the UK, July 23, 2020.

Lenihan, A. Written Evidence to the International Trade Committee’s Inquiry on UK Investment Policy, July 30, 2019.

Lenihan, A. Written Evidence submitted to the UK government’s consultation on National Security and Investment (October 2018).


Telecommunications & National Security: The implications of foreign involvement & investment for the future“, Presentation to the UK Parliamentary & Scientific Committee (January 18, 2021)

Episode 43: Ashley Lenihan On The Politics Of Cross-Border M&A, CFIUS And Sensitive Sectors (December 18, 2020)

LSE Launch Event for Balancing Power without Weapons (October 10, 2019)