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Chair of the ASEAN Studies Program, American University

April 23rd, 2010

Area of Expertise: Defense and Security, International Relations, Migration and Integration, Terrorism, War and Conflict
Geographical Expertise - Region: Asia, North America
Geographical Expertise - Country: China, Indonesia, Korea
Languages: Bahasa Indonesia, English, Hindi
Field of Work: Academia, Author/Novelist, Think tank/Research center
City: Washington DC
Country: USA
Continent: North America

Email: amitav.acharya@theglobalexperts.org

Amitav Acharya Amitav AcharyaAmitav Acharya is a professor of international relations at the School of International Service and chair of the ASEAN studies program at American University, Washington, D.C

Professor Acharya is a specialist on global and Asian security issues, focusing on Southeast Asia. His writings have covered the regional conflicts in Kashmir, Iran, Tibet, Cambodia, South China Sea, Taiwan, and the Korean peninsula. Furthermore, he monitors global conflict trends from a human security perspective. Related areas of expertise include certain non-traditional and transnational security threats, such as terrorism and population movements. The role of the UN and regional institutions, such as ASEAN and the African Union, in conflict management is another of his fields of interest. He is the founder and coordinator of TRANSCEND (Transnational Challenges and Emerging Nations Dialogue), a global partnership for research and action on transnational challenges, multilateralism and governance.

His previous appointments include professor of global governance and Director of the Center for Governance and International Affairs at the University of Bristol; professor, deputy director and head of research of the Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies (now the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies) at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; professor of political science at York University, Toronto; Fellow of the Harvard University Asia Center, and Fellow of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He has considerable experience in policy-relevant research and dissemination, having served as head of research of a major Asian think-tank, and as a consultant to the Canadian International Development Agency and the Asian Development Bank. He has been involved in European networks on regionalism, such as GARNET (as the keynote speaker for its 2008 Annual Conference in Bordeaux), and is currently an Associate Research Fellow of the United Nations University Center for Comparative Regional Integration (UNU-CRIS), in Bruges, Belgium.

Professor Acharya’s publications number over 20 books and 200 journal and magazine articles. His books include: US Military Strategy in the Gulf; A New Regional Order in Southeast Asia ; New Challenges for ASEAN ; The Quest for Identity: International Relations of Southeast Asia ; Constructing a Security Community in Southeast Asia ; Asia Pacific Security Cooperation ; Crafting Cooperation: Regional International Institutions in Comparative Politics ; Reassessing Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific Singapore’s Foreign Policy: The Search for Regional Order ; The Age of Fear: Power Versus Principle in the War on Terror , Asia Rising: Who is Leading? . His most recent books are Whose Ideas Matter: Agency and Power in Asian Regionalism and Non-Western International Relations Theory: Perspectives on and Beyond Asia.

He has contributed articles to leading academic and policy journals such as International Organization, International Security, International Studies Quarterly, World Politics, Foreign Affairs, Survival, Journal of Peace Research, Third World Quarterly, Security Dialogue, and Washington Quarterly. He has appeared on CNN International, BBC World Service, Al-Jazeera, CNBC and Channel News Asia (Singapore). His current affairs commentaries have appeared in Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, Straits Times, Jakarta Post, Far Eastern Economic Review, Japan Times, and YaleGlobal Online covering such topics as multilateralism, global security, Asian security, the war on terror, and the rise of China and India.

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