Amitav Acharya, professor of international relations at American University, Washington, D.C.
|Born||1962 (age 55–56)|
|Alma mater||Ravenshaw University|
Jawaharlal Nehru University
|Main interests||Foreign relations|
Amitav Acharya (born 1962) is an Indian-born Canadian scholar and author, 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.
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. After a brief research and teaching stint in Singapore, where he got sacked, he joined the faculty of York University, Toronto in 1993. During 1998–2001, he spent two stints at 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 to be a Fellow of the Center for Business and Government at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. 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). In August 2007, he was appointed to the Chair of Global Governance at the University of Bristol. 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. 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). 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.
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.
|2000||The Quest for Identity: International Relations of Southeast Asia||Oxford University Press|||
|Winter 2003–04||"Will Asia's Past be Its Future?"||International Security||Vol. 28, No. 3, pp. 149–164|
|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.|
|July 2007||"The Emerging Regional Architecture of World Politics: A Review Essay"||World Politics||Vol. 59, No. 4, pp. 629–652.|
|2007||Crafting Cooperation: Regional International Institutions in Comparative Perspective||Cambridge University Press||Co-ed by Alastair Iain Johnston|
|26 November 2007||Singapore's Foreign Policy: The Search for Regional Order||World Scientific Publishing Company (Singapore)||ISBN 981-270-859-6|
|2001, 2009, 2014)||Constructing a Security Community in Southeast Asia: ASEAN and the Problem of Regional Order||Routledge|||
|2009||Whose Ideas Matter? Agency and Power in Asian Regionalism||Cornell University Press|||
|November 2010||"Asia is Not One"||Journal of Asian Studies||Vol. 69, No. 4, pp. 1001–1013|
|2010||Non-Western International Relations Theory: Perspectives on and Beyond Asia||Routledge||Co-ed with Barry Buzan|
|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|
|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|||
|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|||
|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|||
|2016||Why Govern: Rethinking Demand and Progress in Global Governance||Cambridge University Press|||
In 2012, Acharya was elected President of the International Studies Association (ISA) for 2014–15. 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 of the Asian Political and International Studies Association (APISA), and served as its inaugural co-president in 2003-4.
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. 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.
He has been interviewed by CNN International, BBC T.V. BBC World Service Radio, CNBC, Channel NewsAsia, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio Australia, National Public Radio (NPR), RT, and Al Jazeera on current affairs.
Acharya has written numerous op-eds for international newspapers and magazines including The Financial Times, the International Herald Tribune, The New York Times, National Public Radio (NPR) online, The Huffington Post, The Australian Financial Review, Asia Times, The Times of India, The Indian Express, The Straits Times, The Jakarta Post, the Bangkok Post, Asiaweek, the Far Eastern Economic Review, The Japan Times, the South China Morning Post, YaleGlobal Online covering such topics as international and Asian security, regional integration, the war on terror, and the rise of China and India.