The two-decade period of United States post-Cold War predominance is now over, and an era of greater multipolarity has begun. Many fear that the rise of China and a resurgent Russia will bring marked decline in respect for rules and international law. Western policymakers are responding by placing greater value on the ‘rules-based global order’. In 2016 Australia’s Defence White Paper warned that “the rules-based global order is under increasing pressure and has shown signs of fragility”. This session will formally launch a new Centre of Gravity Paper by ANU and international scholars examining the idea of a ‘Rules Based Global Order’. It brings a multidisciplinary focus to examine how the rules-based global order emerged, what it really means and what its future looks like in a more contested strategic environment.
Dr Greg Raymond is a research fellow in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University and an editor of Security Challenges journal. As well as having an interest in questions of global order, Greg focusses on Southeast Asian security and is currently writing a book on Thailand’s strategic culture. His research on the development of Southeast Asian navies was published in Contemporary Southeast Asia in April 2017.Before joining the ANU in 2015, Greg worked extensively in the strategic and defence international policy areas of Australia’s Department of Defence.
Rob McLaughlin is an Associate Professor of Law at the Australian National University (since 2011). During 2012-2014, he was also Head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s (UNODC) Global Maritime Crime Program. Prior to taking up his appointment at ANU in 2011, Rob was a Warfare and Legal officer in the Royal Australian Navy, having served as the Chief of Maritime Operations for the Peacekeeping Force in East Timor (UNTAET), the Australian Fleet Legal Officer, the Strategic Legal Adviser in Defence HQ, Director of Operations and International Law for the Department of Defence, and Director of the Naval Legal Service. His operational deployments have included East Timor, Iraq, and Border Protection.