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Gregory Raymond is a senior lecturer in the Startegic and Defence Studies Centre in the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs researching Southeast Asian politics, defence 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, 2021).  His work has been published in journals including Contemporary Southeast Asia, South East Asia Research and the Journal of Cold War Studies.  He convenes the ASEAN Australia Defence Postgraduate Scholarship Program, the Global China Research Spoke for the ANU Centre for China in the World, and is international relations editor for the journal Asian Studies Review. 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: Chinese interests in Melanesia

PhD Research: Institutional cooperation and rivalry in the Mekong sub-region

PhD research: Chinese investment strategies and their impact on local governance in Cambodia



Past student projects

Honours: The strategic culture of the Pakistani armed forces

PhD Research:  Indonesia's maritime identity.

Masters' Research: Comparing Indonesian and Malaysian approaches to China's Belt and Road Initiative


PhD, MA, BSc, Dip Ed


I teach STST1001 Introduction to International Security Studies.


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