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- Amitav Acharya is the UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance and Distinguished Professor at the School of International Service, American University, Washington, DC. He is the first non-Western scholar to be elected (for 2014-15) as the President of the International Studies Association (ISA), the largest and most influential global network in international studies. Previously he was a Professor at York University, Toronto, and the Chair in Global Governance at the University of Bristol, U.K. He held the inaugural Nelson Mandela Visiting Professorship in International Relations at Rhodes University, South Africa in 2012-13 and the inaugural Boeing Company Chair in International Relations at the Schwarzman Scholars Program at Tsinghua University in 2016-18. In addition, he was a Fellow of Harvard’s Asia Center and John F. Kennedy School of Government, and was elected to the Christensen Fellowship at Oxford. His books include Constructing Global Order (Cambridge 2018); The End of American World Order (2nd edn., Polity 2018); Why Govern? Rethinking Demand and Progress in Global Governance (editor, Cambridge 2016); The Making of Southeast Asia (Cornell 2013); Whose Ideas Matter (Cornell 2009); and Constructing a Security Community in Southeast Asia (3rd edn, Routledge 2014). His essays have appeared in leading international affairs journals such as International Organization, International Security, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Asian Studies, Foreign Affairs, Journal of Peace Research, International Affairs, and World Politics. He has written op-eds for Financial Times, Washington Post (Monkey Cage), Times of India, Australian Financial Review, and other newspapers around the world, and appeared on news media such as CNN International, BBC TV and BBC World Service Radio. He has received two Distinguished Scholar Awards from the ISA, one in 2015 from its Global South Caucus for his "contribution to non-Western IR theory and inclusion” in international studies, and another in 2018 from ISA’s International Organization Section that recognizes “scholars of exceptional merit…whose influence, intellectual works and mentorship will likely continue to impact the field for years to come”.
His international media appearances have been with CNN International, BBC World Service, CNBC and Channel News Asia (Singapore).
- International Organization
- International Security
- World Politics
- International Studies Quarterly
- Journal of Peace Research
- Pacific Affairs
- Pacific Review
- Global Governance
- Financial Times
- Foreign Affairs Today
- Washington Post (Monkey Cage)
- Washington Quarterly
- YaleGlobal Online
- Constructing Global Order: Agency and Change in World Politics (Cambridge, 2018)
- The End of American World Order (Polity 2014, 2018, Oxford 2015. Chinese Translation, Shanghai People's Press, 2017)
- Why Govern: Rethinking Demand and Progress in Global Governance (edited, Cambridge, 2016)
- Rethinking Power, Institutions and Ideas in World Politics: Whose IR. Routledge 2014.
- 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. .
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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.
Area of Expertise
US foreign policy, China, Southeast Asia, UN, international security
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). Acharya has contributed op-eds to foreignaffairs.com, 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, Al Jazeera TV on current affairs, among other media outlets.