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Nelson Mandela Visiting Professor, Professor Amitav Acharya, teaches to postgraduates on Comparative Regionalism in May 2012

Date Released: Mon, 7 May 2012 12:00 +0200

The Nelson Mandela Visiting Professor of International Relations Professor Amitav Acharya  teaches to postgraduates on Comparative Regionalism in May 2012.

Amitav Acharya is professor of International Relations and the UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance at the School of International Service, American University, Washington, D.C. He also chairs American University’s ASEAN Studies Center. In his capacity as the UNESCO Chair, he directs Transnational Challenges and Emerging Nations Dialogue (TRANSCEND), a global network on universities and think-tanks on multilateralism and the governance of transnational issues.

His previous appointments include Professor of Global Governance at the University of Bristol, Professor at York University, Toronto, Fellow of the Harvard University Asia Center, and Fellow of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Among Professor Acharya’s major works are Constructing a Security Community in Southeast Asia (Routledge 2001, 2009); Whose Ideas Matter? (Cornell, 2009); and The Making of Southeast Asia (ISEAS, and Cornell, 2012). He has published articles in International Organization, International Security, International Studies Quarterly, and World Politics, which are the top four academic journals in the field of international relations, as well as in Journal of Asian Studies, the foremost journal in Asian studies. His op-eds have appeared in foreignaffairs.com, NPR.org, International Herald Tribune, Financial Times, Japan Times, Jakarta Post, Bangkok Post, Straits Times, Indian Express, South China Morning Post, Far Eastern Economic Review, and Times of India and he has been interviewed by CNN International, BBC World Service, CNBC, Channel News Asia, Radio Australia, and Al Jazeera TV.

Professor Acharya has held a number of other appointments, including Politics Group Visitor at Nuffield College, Oxford, ASEM Chair in Regional Integration at University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, and Direk Jayanama Visiting Professor at Thammsat University, Bangkok. He has also held visiting professorships at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore. Since 2005, he has been a Senior Fellow of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.

In September 2011, Professor Acharya was awarded the prestigious Nelson Mandela Visiting Professorship in International Relations by the Department of Political and International Studies at Rhodes University, South Africa for the years 2012 and 2013.