Amitav Acharya

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Visiting Faculty
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AMITAV ACHARYA is the UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance and is Professor of International Relations at the School of International Service, American University, Washington, DC.  He was previously Professor of Global Governance at the University of Bristol. He was also Professor of Political Science at York University Toronto and Professor in international relations at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, where he was also the Deputy Director and Head of Research of the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (now S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies). He was a Fellow of the Asia Center, Harvard University, and a Fellow of the Center for Business and Government at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

 Professor Acharya has been awarded a number of fellowships and chairs around the world. He was elected to the Christensen Fellowship at Oxford University in 2013, and was awarded the Nelson Mandela Visiting Professorship in International Relations at Rhodes University, South Africa during 2012-13. He is a Research Associate of the Centre for International Studies, Oxford University and serves on the international Advisory Board of the Centre for Rising Powers, Cambridge University.

 Professor Acharya is the author or editor of 30 books and over 200 journal or magazine articles. Among his major works is Constructing a Security Community in Southeast Asia: ASEAN and the Problem of Regional Order, now in its third edition (Routledge 2001, 2009, 2014). It is the most widely read and cited book on ASEAN and one of most influential works on regionalism in international relations. 

His 2009 book, Whose Ideas Matter: Agency and Power in Asian Regionalism (Cornell, 2009) was among five books selected in 2010 by the Asia Society of New York for their “exceptional contributions to the understanding of contemporary Asia or US-Asia relations”. His other books include The End of American World Order (Polity 2014 and Oxford 2015); Rethinking Power, Institutions and Ideas in World Politics (Routledge 2013); The Making of Southeast Asia (Cornell 2013); Non-Western International Relations Theory (Routledge 2010, co-edited with Barry Buzan), The Age of Fear: Power Versus Principle in the War on Terror, (2004, 2013); Asia Rising: Who is Leading? (2007), and Crafting Cooperation: Regional International Institutions in Comparative Perspective (Cambridge, 2007, co-edited with Alastair Iain Johnston). 

His essays have been published in the world’s top academic and policy journals such as International Organization, International Security, International Studies Quarterly, World Politics, Foreign Affairs, Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Asian Studies, Survival, and Washington Quarterly. 

A regular commentator in the world’s media, he has appeared on BBC TV, International, National Public Radio (NPR), BBC World Service Radio, Al-Jazeera TV, CNBC TV, CTV (Canada) Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio, Radio Australia, Channel News Asia TV, and Thai PBS TV. On 14th April 2011, at the invitation of its President, he addressed the UN General Assembly in New York on the subject of human security.

 Prof Acharya has written numerous op-eds for international newspapers such as Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, National Public Radio (NPR) online, Huffington Post, Australian Financial Review, Times of India, The Hindu, Indian Express, Straits Times, Jakarta Post, Bangkok Post, Far Eastern Economic Review, Japan Times, South China Morning Post, and YaleGlobal Online covering such topics as the changing world order, global governance, Asian security, the war on terror, and the rise of China and India. 

Prof Acharya was elected to be the 54th President (2014-15) of the International Studies Association (ISA), “the most well respected and widely known scholarly association” in the field of international studies worldwide. ( He is the first Asian and first non-Western scholar to hold the ISA Presidency.

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