Amitav Acharya, is a Senior Advisor at the Pangoal Institution and currently the Boeing Company Chair in International Relations at the Schwarzman Scholars Program, Tsinghua University, Beijing. He is Distinguished Professor of International Relations and the UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance at the School of International Service, American University, Washington, DC.

He was previously Professor of Global Governance at the University of Bristol, U.K., Professor of International Relations at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and Professor of Political Science at York University, Toronto, Canada. He was a Fellow of the Asia Center, Harvard University, and a Fellow of the Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is currently a Research Associate of the Centre for International Studies, Oxford University.


In 2014-15, he became the first non-Western scholar to be elected as the President of the International Studies Association (ISA), the most respected and influential global network of scholars in International Relations. As President, he promoted the idea of Global IR, with the goal of injecting more diversity into the study of international relations and turning it into a more dynamic and inclusive discipline that captures the voices and experiences of the Global South.


Described as “one of the most original thinkers in contemporary international relations” by Sciences Po of Paris, Professor Acharya is the author or editor of 30 books and over 200 journal or magazine articles. Among his major books are: The End of American World Order (Polity 2014); Rethinking Power, Institutions and Ideas in World Politics (Routledge 2013); The Making of Southeast Asia (Cornell 2013); and Whose Ideas Matter: Agency and Power in Asian Regionalism (Cornell, 2009).


He has been awarded numerous fellowships and chairs around the world, such as the Nelson Mandela Visiting Professorship in International Relations at Rhodes University, South Africa. He was elected to the Christensen Fellowship at Oxford University.


Prof Acharya has written numerous op-eds for international newspapers and magazine such as Financial Times, International Herald Tribune (now New York Times International Edition), Huffington Post, Australian Financial Review, Times of India, The Hindu, Straits Times, Jakarta Post, Bangkok Post, Japan Times, South China Morning Post, Foreign Affairs, National Interest, Washington Post (Monkey Cage Blog) and YaleGlobal Online covering such topics as the changing world order, global governance, Asian security, the war on terror, and the rise of China and India. A regular commentator in the world’s media, he has appeared on BBC TV, CNN International, National Public Radio (NPR), BBC World Service Radio, Al-Jazeera TV, CNBC TV, CCTV, CTV (Canada) Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio, Radio Australia, Channel News Asia TV, and Thai PBS TV.





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