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Biography

Gregory Raymond is a lecturer in the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs researching Southeast Asian politics and foreign relations. He is the author of Thai Military Power: A Culture of Strategic Accommodation (NIAS Press 2018) and the lead author of The United States-Thai Alliance: History, Memory and Current Developments (Routledge, forthcoming).  His work has been published in journals including Contemporary Southeast Asia, South East Asia Research and the Journal of Cold War Studies.  As well as convening the ASEAN Australia Defence Postgraduate Scholarship Program, he is an editor of the journal Security Challenges and is ANU Press editor for the Asia Pacific Security series. He holds a PhD in political science from La Trobe University and an MA in Asian Studies from Monash University.  Before joining the Australian National University, Greg was a policy advisor in the Australian Government, including in the strategic and international policy areas of the Department of Defence and the Australian Embassy in Bangkok.  

 

Research interests

My research is at the intersection of area studies and international relations, and aims to add depth to understanding of the dynamics of the Asia Pacific region by highlighting the importance of state preference and national identity.  My work on strategic culture, collective memory and institutions focusses on the importance of culture, memory and the construction of history in Southeast Asia, and assessing its role in Southeast Asian defence planning and relations with Great Powers. As a Thai studies scholar, I also research the politics of Thailand and its relations with its neighbours. An emerging research area is the integration of the Mekong sub-region with southern China, which I am exploring through multiple lenses including physical connectivity, geoeconomics and sub-regional community.

Current student projects

PhD Research:  The experience of East Timor and impact on the culture of the Indonesian military.

PhD Research:  Indonesia's maritime identity.

PhD Research: Chinese interests in Melanesia

 

Past student projects

The strategic culture of the Pakistani armed forces

Qualifications

PhD, MA, BSc, Dip Ed

Researcher's projects

Book Project:  A new book to be published by Routledge will examine how Thailand’s historical memory is shaping relations both with its ally the United States, and its alternative suitor, China.  The book will draw on analysis of surveys we have conducted over three years with 1800 Thai military officers under the Minerva Initiative.  In analysing memory we will employ an approach of identifying “sites of memory” that in totality go to constituting national identity.  Identifying “Sites of memory” was an approach employed by French historian Pierre Nora in his work on the development of French national identity.  “Sites of memory” can comprise material or non-material entities; key incidents, places, images, and figures that persist and become a “symbolic element of the memorial heritage of any community”.  In this book we will treat the Thai-US alliance as a “site of memory”, evaluating its constituent elements, primarily over the course of the twentieth century, and particularly the Cold War and post-Cold War periods.  We will take a similar approach to the construction of the memory of China.

Mainland Southeast Asia Integration Project:  This project will consider the security implications of the integration of mainland Southeast Asia and southern China. Transport infrastructure, special economic zones and regional organisations between China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam are proliferating rapidly.  This project will build a comprehensive picture of integration by collating diverse data sets, and through interviews and surveys with various actors.  It will consider how integration should be conceptualised, and if concepts such as “spheres of influence” or “hegemony” are useful.  Security effects, such as the dissolving of historical animosities, differential socio-economic impacts and effects on broader regional cohesion (ASEAN) will be considered

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