Dr Gregory Raymond

PhD, MA, BSc, Dip Ed
Research Fellow
College of Asia & the Pacific
T: 0420425222

Research interests

Strategic culture, memory and national identity

Southeast Asian security, regional militaries and Great Power alliances.

Australian defence policy.

Use of force and the rules-based global order.




Gregory Raymond is a lecturer in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre researching Southeast Asian security. 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.  


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

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



Projects and Grants

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