Euan Graham appointed Executive Director of La Trobe Asia

Dr Graham joins La Trobe Asia from the Lowy Institute, where he led the International Security Program. Dr Graham has specialised in Asian security and international relations throughout a career spanning consultancy, think tanks, diplomacy and academia.

Dr Euan Graham has been appointed as the new Executive Director of La Trobe Asia.

La Trobe Asia is the University’s primary driver of our strategic engagement with the region, and supports staff and students to navigate a world increasingly shaped by Asian states and societies.

The University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Keith Nugent, welcomed Dr Graham to the University.

“I am delighted that La Trobe has managed to secure Dr Euan Graham for the role of Executive Director of La Trobe Asia. Euan brings expertise in defence strategy and policy in Asia that will be increasingly important,” Professor Nugent said.

“The knowledge that he brings will continue the excellent work of Professor Nick Bisley, inaugural Executive Director of La Trobe Asia, to ensure that engagement with the region informs our research and our teaching.”

In the role of Executive Director, La Trobe Asia, Dr Graham will be responsible for driving the University’s Asia strategy and manage the work of La Trobe Asia to position the University as the preeminent Victorian university with regard to the breadth, depth and quality of our engagement with Asia.

About Dr Euan Graham

Dr Graham joins La Trobe Asia from the Lowy Institute, where he led the International Security Program. Dr Graham has specialised in Asian security and international relations throughout a career spanning consultancy, think tanks, diplomacy and academia.

Starting out in Southeast Asian studies, he went on to specialise in Japan’s sea-lane security for his doctorate, obtained from the Australian National University, in 2003. He maintains an active interest in maritime Asia.

After working as an Asia editor for Oxford Analytica, Dr Graham joined the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, covering Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia as a senior analyst, including  diplomatic experience in Manila and Pyongyang. In 2011, he joined the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, in Singapore, as a senior fellow in maritime security, teaching postgraduates and senior military officers.

Since joining the Lowy Institute, in 2015, Dr Graham has established himself as a prominent voice in Australia’s foreign and strategic debates, reflecting his understanding of Asia’s dynamics and Canberra’s policy environment. He has published widely on the South China Sea and North Korea, as well as less-covered topics, such as Australia’s security relations with Singapore. He is quoted regularly in the Australian and international media.

Dr Graham will commence in the role on 19 November.

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