Amitav Acharya

Amitav Acharya
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Amitav Acharya, professor of international relations at American University, Washington, D.C.
Born1962 (age 56–57)
Jagatsinghpur, Orissa (now Odisha), India
Academic background
Alma materRavenshaw University
Jawaharlal Nehru University
Murdoch University
Academic work
Main interestsForeign relations
Human security
Political freedom
International relations
Intergovernmental cooperation
National security

Amitav Acharya (born 1962) is an Indian-born Canadian scholar and author,[1] is the Distinguished Professor of International Relations at American University, Washington, D.C. where he holds the UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance at the School of International Service, and serves as the chair of the ASEAN Studies Initiative.[2][3][4]


Acharya was born in Jagatsinghpur, Orissa (now Odisha), India. After studying at Ravenshaw University and Jawaharlal Nehru University in India, he obtained his doctorate from Murdoch University in Australia in 1987.[5] After a brief research and teaching stint in Singapore, he joined the faculty of York University, Toronto in 1993.[6] During 1998–2001, he was associated with Harvard University's newly established Asia Center, first as a visiting scholar and then as a Fellow of the Center. During 2000–2001, he was concurrently appointed as Fellow of the Center for Business and Government at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.[7] From 2001 and 2007, he worked in Singapore as the Deputy Director and Head of Research of the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, (which in 2007 became the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies).[8] In August 2007, he was appointed Chair of Global Governance at the University of Bristol.[9] In January 2009, he moved to his present position at American University.

Acharya was elected to a Christensen Fellowship at St Catherine's College, Oxford in 2012.[10] In 2016, he was appointed to be the Inaugural Boeing Company Chair in International Relations in the Schwarzman Scholars Program at Tsinghua University. He was appointed to the Nelson Mandela Visiting Professorship in International Relations at Rhodes University, South Africa (2012–13).[11] He has held a number of other visiting positions, including as the ASEM Chair in Regional Integration at the University of Malaya, the Direk Jayanama Visiting Professor of Political Science at Thammasat University, Bangkok, Visiting Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, Visiting Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore and Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Economics at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand (since 2004).

In December 2016 Prof Acharya delivered the Living Legend Oration at Bhubaneswar and also received the prestigious Odisha Living Legend Award for Excellence in Education from Odisha Diary in his native state of Odisha for his decades of work in challenging the western dominant approaches in the study of global affairs and in promoting Global South in International Relations.[12]

Research interests[]

Acharya's major research interests include:

Acharya is best known for proposing the frameworks of "localization" and "subsidiarity" to study the diffusion of ideas and norms in world politics, and "non-Western international relations theory" (with Barry Buzan) and "global international relations" (Global IR), the latter as the President of ISA during 2014-15.[13]

Selected publications[]

Date Title Publisher Notes
2000 The Quest for Identity: International Relations of Southeast Asia Oxford University Press[1] [14]
Winter 2003–04 "Will Asia's Past be Its Future?" International Security Vol. 28, No. 3, pp. 149–164[15]
Spring 2004 "How Ideas Spread: Whose Norms Matter? Norm Localization and Institutional Change in Asian Regionalism" International Organization Vol. 58, No. 2, pp. 239–275.[16]
July 2007 "The Emerging Regional Architecture of World Politics: A Review Essay" World Politics Vol. 59, No. 4, pp. 629–652.[17]
2007 Crafting Cooperation: Regional International Institutions in Comparative Perspective Cambridge University Press[18] Co-ed by Alastair Iain Johnston[19]
26 November 2007 Singapore's Foreign Policy: The Search for Regional Order World Scientific Publishing Company (Singapore) ISBN 981-270-859-6
2001, 2009,[20] 2014)[21] Constructing a Security Community in Southeast Asia: ASEAN and the Problem of Regional Order Routledge [22]
2009[23] Whose Ideas Matter? Agency and Power in Asian Regionalism Cornell University Press[24] [25]
November 2010 "Asia is Not One" Journal of Asian Studies Vol. 69, No. 4, pp. 1001–1013[26]
2010 Non-Western International Relations Theory: Perspectives on and Beyond Asia Routledge Co-ed with Barry Buzan[27]
2011 "Dialogue and Discovery: In Search of International Relations Theories Beyond the West" Millennium: Journal of International Studies Vol. 39, No. 3, pp. 619–637[28]
2011 "Norm Subsidiarity and Regional Orders: Sovereignty, Regionalism and Rule Making in the Third World" International Studies Quarterly Vol. 55, No. 1, pp. 95–123
2012/2013 The Making of Southeast Asia: International Relations of a Region ISEAS/Cornell [29]
2013 "Power Shift or Paradigm Shift: China's Rise and Asia's Emerging Security Order" International Studies Quarterly
2013 Rethinking Power, Institutions and Ideas in World Politics: Whose IR? Routledge [30]
2014 Indonesia Matters: Asia's Emerging Democratic Power World Scientific Publishing Company ISBN 978-981-4632-06-5, ISBN 978-981-4619-85-1(pbk)
2014 The End of American World Order Polity Press [31]
2016 Why Govern: Rethinking Demand and Progress in Global Governance Cambridge University Press [32]

Other professional activities[]

In 2012, Acharya was elected President of the International Studies Association (ISA) for 2014–15.[33] He was the first Indian, Asian and non-Western scholar to be elected as the President of the ISA. He was a vice-President of the ISA in 2008-9. He is one of the founders[34] of the Asian Political and International Studies Association (APISA),[35] and served as its inaugural co-president in 2003-4.

He is the joint chief or of the Studies in Asian Security series for Stanford University Press.[36]

Acharya's work has policy impact on Asian regionalism and human security. His 2001 book, Constructing a Security Community in Southeast Asia: ASEAN and the Problem of Regional Order, was the primary basis of the initial Indonesian concept paper which ultimately resulted in the establishment of the ASEAN Political-Security Community.[37] His work on human security led to him being invited to address the UN General Assembly on the subject of human security on 14 April 2011.[38]

He has been interviewed by CNN International, BBC T.V.[39] BBC World Service Radio, CNBC, Channel NewsAsia, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio Australia, National Public Radio (NPR),[40] RT,[41] and Al Jazeera[42] on current affairs.

Acharya has written numerous op-eds[43] for international newspapers and magazines including The Financial Times,[44] the International Herald Tribune, The New York Times,[45] National Public Radio (NPR) online,[46] The Huffington Post,[47] The Australian Financial Review, Asia Times, The Times of India,[48] The Indian Express, The Straits Times, The Jakarta Post,[49] the Bangkok Post,[50] Asiaweek, the Far Eastern Economic Review, The Japan Times, the South China Morning Post, YaleGlobal Online[51] covering such topics as international and Asian security, regional integration, the war on terror, and the rise of China and India.


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  2. ^ Amitav Acharya. "Profile Amitav Acharya". Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Transcend | Transnational Challenges And Emerging Nations Dialogue". Retrieved 1 June 2013.
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  5. ^ "Alumni honoured for professional and community excellence | Murdoch University". 26 July 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  6. ^ "Dr. Amitav Acharya". Archived from the original on 31 January 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
  7. ^ "Center for Business and Government". 13 December 2000. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  8. ^ "Amitav Acharya". Retrieved 23 June 2013.
  9. ^ Amitav Acharya. "Profile Amitav Acharya". Retrieved 23 June 2013.
  10. ^ "Christensen Fellowship". Amitav Acharya. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
  11. ^ Rhodes University (7 May 2012). "Rhodes University". Retrieved 23 June 2013.
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  13. ^ "Theory Talk #42 - Amitav Acharya," (On the Relevance of Regions, ASEAN, and Western IR's false universalisms), 10 August 2011.; "Constructing Security and Identity in Southeast Asia," Interview with Amitav Acharya published by the Brown Journal of World Affairs, vol.11, no.2 (Winter-Spring 2006), 155–164. Available at:
  14. ^ "V27N2 - The Quest for Identity: International Relations of Southeast Asia by Amitav Acharya". 3 July 2006. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
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  18. ^ "Crafting Cooperation". Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  19. ^ Ikenberry, G. John. "Review: International Institutions in Comparative Perspective". Foreign Affairs, January/February 2009.
  20. ^ "Customer Reviews: Constructing a Security Community in Southeast Asia: ASEAN and the Problem of Regional Order (Politics in Asia)". 28 September 2007. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  21. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 January 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  22. ^ Acharya, Amitav (8 June 2009). "Constructing a Security Community in Southeast Asia: ASEAN and the Problem of Regional Order, 2nd Edition (Paperback)". Routledge. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  23. ^ "Announces Five Finalists for 2010 Bernard Schwartz Book Award". Asia Society. 27 August 2010. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  24. ^ "Whose Ideas Matter?, Agency and Power in Asian Regionalism (Amitav Acharya)". Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  25. ^ "Review: Acharya, Amitav (2009), Whose Ideas Matter? Agency and Power in Asian Regionalism | Sakaeda | Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs". 27 October 2009. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  26. ^ An earlier version available at: Archived 12 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  27. ^ "Review: Non-Western International Relations Theory—Perspectives on and beyond Asia". Retrieved 1 June 2013.
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  29. ^ "The Making of Southeast Asia, International Relations of a Region (Amitav Acharya)". Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  30. ^ Acharya, Amitav. "Rethinking Power, Institutions and Ideas in World Politics: Whose IR? (Paperback)". Routledge. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  31. ^ "Book - Amitav Acharya - The End of American World Order". Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  32. ^ "Why Govern? ed by Amitav Acharya". Cambridge Core. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  33. ^ "Acharya Elected President of International Studies Association | School of International Service | American University, Washington, D.C". 12 February 2013. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
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  35. ^ "Welcome". Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  36. ^ "Browse Series". Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  37. ^ K.K. Khine, "The Making of Indonesia's Concept of ASEAN Security Community," Universities Research Journal, Vol. 4, No. 7 (2011). p.247
  38. ^ On 14 April 2011, at the invitation of its President, he addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York on the subject of human security.;
  39. ^ "Transcend Director Appears On Bbc World News". YouTube. 18 September 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  40. ^ "President Obama Visits Asia: Forum | KQED Public Media for Northern CA". 15 November 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  41. ^ "Russia's pivot". CrossTalk. RT. 9 April 2014. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  42. ^ "Riz Khan - Islam and the East - 18 Nov 09 - Pt 1". YouTube. 19 November 2009. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  43. ^ "Op-Ed Archive Selections". Amitav Acharya. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  44. ^ "/ UK - East Asian integration is a test for the big powers". 14 December 2005. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  45. ^ Six op-eds are available at The New York Times website: Clash of Civilizations? No, of National Interests and Principles (10 January 2002); The war on terror : One result: The retreat of liberal democracy (17 September 2002); Sovereignty : Asians are wary of pushy outsiders (23 January 2003); Security lessons : Ripples from Iraq will rock Asia (25 April 2003); Asia-Pacific : China's charm offensive in Southeast Asia (8 November 2003); Asia needs better ways to protect its people (16 March 2005)
  46. ^ Acharya, Amitav. "No Dalai Lama Meeting? Think Again, Obama". NPR. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  47. ^ Acharya, Amitav (22 March 2012). "It's About Time Harper Went to Thailand". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  48. ^ Amitav Acharya (21 February 2011). "The Cairo connection". Times of India. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  49. ^ "Will ASEAN thrive in 2030?". The Jakarta Post. 14 February 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  50. ^ Acharya, Amitav (23 October 2011). "Courting America without getting China in a tizz". Asian Security Outlook. Archived from the original on 29 June 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  51. ^ Democracy in Burma: Does Anybody Really Care? (1 September 2005); Can Asia Step Up to 21st Century Leadership? (1 December 2011)

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