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Amitav Acharya

Distinguished Professor School of International Service

AMITAV ACHARYA is the UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance and Distinguished Professor of International Relations at the School of International Service, American University, Washington, D.C., and the Chair of its ASEAN Studies Initiative. He is author of Whose Ideas Matter? (Cornell 2009), The Making of Southeast Asia (Cornell 2013), Rethinking Power, Institutions and Ideas in World Politics (Routledge 2013) and The End of American World Order (Polity 2014, Oxford 2015). He was a Fellow of the Asia Center, Harvard University, and a Fellow of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He was elected to the Christensen Fellowship at St Catherine’s College, Oxford University in 2012 and held the inaugural Nelson Mandela Visiting Professorship in International Relations at Rhodes University, South Africa during 2012-13. He is the first non-Western scholar to be elected as the President (for 2014-15) of the International Studies Association (ISA), the largest and most well-known scholarly association in international studies worldwide. He has contributed op-eds to, Washington Post (Monkey Cage Blog), International Herald Tribune, Financial Times, Japan Times, Jakarta Post, Indian Express, and Times of India and interviewed by CNN International, BBC World Service, CNBC, Channel News Asia, Radio Australia, and Al Jazeera TV on current affairs.
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

Dr. Acharya's academic interests cover Southeast Asia,multilateralism and global governance, human security, and international relations theory. His current affairs commentaries cover such topics as Asian regionalism, Asian security, the war on terror, and the rise of China and India.

Professional Presentations

  • Keynote Address to the 28th Annual Convention of the Mexican International Studies Association, Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico, 11 Oct 2014. 
  • Keynote Address to Annual International Studies Convention 2013, “Re-imagining Global Orders: Perspectives from the South”, New Delhi, 10-12 December, 2013.
  • Keynote Address, 7th Congress of the Asian Political and International Studies Association, Ankara, 25-26 October 2013.


Selected Publications

  • International Organization   
  • International Security
  • World Politicy
  • International Studies Quarterly   
  • Journal of Peace Research 
  • Pacific Affairs 
  • Washington Quarterly
  • Financial Times
  • Foreign Affairs (Online)
  • International Herald Tribune
  • Straits Times
  • The Nation
  • Jakarta Post
  • Canberra Times
  • Far Eastern Economic Review    
  • Japan Times
  • YaleGlobal Online

Selected Publications

  • The End of American World Order. Polity 2014, Oxford 2015. Chinese Translation, Shanghai People's Press, forthcoming.
  •  Rethinking Power, Institutions and Ideas in World Politics: Whose IR. Routledge 2013.
  • The Making of Southeast Asia: International Relations of a Region. Cornell. 2013.
  • Non-Western International Relations Theory:  Perspectives On and Beyond Asia. Routledge, 2010. Co-edited  
  • Whose Ideas Matter: Agency and Power in Asian Regionalism. Cornell, 2009.   
  • Constructing a Security Community in Southeast Asia. Routledge, 2001, 2009, 2014.  
  • Crafting Cooperation: Regional International Institutions in Comparative Politics. Cambridge, 2007.  Co-edited. 
  • Reassessing Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific. MIT, 2007.  Co-edited.
  • The Quest for Identity: International Relations of Southeast Asia. Oxford, 2000.  .


Media Appearances

His international media appearances have been with CNN International, BBC World Service, CNBC and Channel News Asia (Singapore).

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Transnational Security, Governance, Asia

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