Amitav Acharya

School of International Service

  • Amitav Acharya is the UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance and Chair of the ASEAN Studies Center. Previously, he was Professor of Global Governance at the University of Bristol, Professor at York University, Toronto, and at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Fellow of the Harvard University Asia Center, and Fellow of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. His recent books include Whose Ideas Matter? (Cornell, 2009); Beyond Iraq: The Future of World Order (co-edited, World Scientific, 2011); Non-Western International Relations Theory (co-edited, Routledge, 2010); and The Making of Southeast Asia (Cornell, 2011). He has contributed op-eds to, International Herald Tribune, Financial Times, Japan Times, Jakarta Post, Indian Express, and Times of India and scholarly articles to International Organization, International Security, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Asian Studies, and World Politics. He has been 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 Speech to the International Conference on Regional Integration in Europe and Africa:  Models, Policies, and Comparative Perspectives, University of Pretoria, 16-18 February 2011.
  • Opening speech to the 2010 Millennium Conference, London School of Economics, “Dissent to Dialogue, Discourse to Discovery: On the Possibility of IR Theories beyond the West,” on 16-17 October 2010.
  • “Why Has the UN Been So Ineffective in the Middle East,” Conference on Emerging Powers, Global Security and the Middle East, Abu Dhabi, 8-10 February 2010. Emirates Center for Strategic Stdies and Research and Center on International Cooperation, New York University.
  • "Reconstructing ASEAN: Challenges for the 21st Century,” Inaugural ASEAN Secretariat Policy Forum Lecture, Jakarta, Indonesia, 16 July 2009.
  • “Agency and Power in Asian Regionalism,” Asian Development Bank, Manila, 5 August 2009.
  • “The EU in International Affairs”, Panelist at International Conference organized by the GARNET Network, Brussels, 24-26 April 2008.
  • “Why is there no Non-Western IR Theory?” Lecture to the Leonard Davis Institute of International Relations, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 26-30th July, 2008.
  • Keynote Speaker at University of Birmingham’s conference on 'Still the Asian Century?', 10-12 September, 2008 on the topic of “The Future of Asian Security Order.”
  • Keynote Speaker at the GARNET Annual Conference on "Mapping Integration and Regionalism in a Global World" in Bordeaux on 17-18 September, 2008 on the topic of "Regional Worlds in a Post-Hegemonic Era." GARNET is a Network of Excellence on Global Governance, Regionalisation and Regulation: The Role of the EU funded under the European Commission’s 6th Framework Programme and comprising 42 leading research centres and universities.
  • “The Evolution of Asian Regionalism,” Lecture at St Antony’s College, Oxford University, 28 November 2007. Speaker at the Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR), Annual Conferences in Seoul, 2003, Shanghai, 2004, Singapore 2006 and Kuala Lumpur 2008. The Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations is student-run organization of the Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences.    “International Relations Theory and Western Dominance: Rethinking the Foundations of International Order,” Lecture delivered at the “Reenvisioning Global Justice/Global Order” Seminar Series, Centre for International Studies, Oxford University, 22 February 2007.    “East Asia’s New Multilateralism: Hopes and Illusions,” Lecture at St Antony’s College, Oxford University, 23 February 2007.    

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

  • Non-Western International Relations Theory:  Perspectives On and Beyond Asia. Edited with Barry Buzan. Routledge, 2010.   
  • Whose Ideas Matter: Agency and Power in Asian Regionalism. Cornell, 2009.   
  • Constructing a Security Community in Southeast Asia. Routledge, 2001, 2009.  
  • Crafting Cooperation: Regional International Institutions in Comparative Politics. Cambridge, 2007.  
  • Asia Rising: Who is Leading? Singapore and New York: World Scientific, 2007.
  • Singapore's Foreign Policy; The Search for Regional Order. World Scientific, 2007.
  • Reassessing Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific. MIT, 2007.  
  • Asia Pacific Security Cooperation. M.E. Sharpe, 2004.  
  • The Age of Fear: Power Versus Principle in the War on Terror. New Delhi: Rupa and Co. and Singapore: Marshall Cavendish, 2004.  
  • The Quest for Identity: International Relations of Southeast Asia. Oxford, 2000.  
  • New Challenges for ASEAN. UBC, 1995.  
  • A New Regional Order in Southeast Asia. IISS, 1993.

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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