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The Australian National University

Dr Greg Raymond

PhD, MA, BSc, Dip Ed
Research Fellow
ANU College of Asia and 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.




Greg Raymond is a Research Fellow in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre researching Southeast Asian security.  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.  His book on Thailand’s strategic culture entitled Thai Military Power was published in 2018 by NIAS Press. Other recent publications include Prospects for the Rules Based-Global Order (ANU Centre of Gravity series, 2017) and ‘Naval Modernization in Southeast Asia: Under the Shadow of Army Dominance?’ published in Contemporary Southeast Asia, April 2017.   Greg writes regularly for the Lowy Interpreter and East Asia Forum.  He is fluent in Thai and has working Indonesian.  He teaches “Introduction to International Security Studies” as part of ANU’s Bachelor of International Security Studies.  


Researcher's projects

Minerva Initiative:  Thailand's military, the USA and China: Understanding How the Thai Military Perceives the Great Powers and Implications for the Rebalance.  The working hypothesis is that the level of great power influence in countries like Thailand today can be correlated largely to the sense of continuing shared interests. This correlation, in turn, is affected by the level of commitment demonstrated to the supported power by the great power. Thailand's response to the models of influence of China and the United States provides a valuable test case for wider application. The key questions are: to what extent are local military elites and political figures amenable to great power influence over strategic security choices and what are the key determinants of such influence? The project will include interviews with senior Thai military and political leaders, secondary and primary archival research, and a detailed survey of serving and former staff officers and junior to mid-level commanders.

Current student projects

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

PhD Research:  Indonesia as a middle power and behaviour in maritime issues.

PhD Research: Chinese interests in Melanesia


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