AMITAV ACHARYA is Professor of International Relations at the School of International Service, American University, Washington, DC and the Director of TRANSCEND.  His previous appointments include Professor of Global Governance and Director of the Centre for Governance and International Affairs at the University of Bristol; Professor, Deputy Director and Head of Research of the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (now the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies) at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; Professor of Political Science at York University, Toronto, Canada; Fellow of the Harvard University Asia Center, and Fellow of Harvard's John F. Kenndey School of Government.

Professor Acharya is a member of the UN Roster of Experts, maintained by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, a crisis communications unit at UN Headquarters in New York.  He is also a Senior Fellow of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, an Associate Research Fellow of the United Nations University Centre for Comparative Regional Integration (UNU-CRIS), in Bruges, Belgium and a Visiting Professor Fellow of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore.

Professor Acharya's publications number over 20 books and 200 journal and magazine articles.  His books include: US Military Strategy in the Gulf (Routledge, 1989); New Challenges for ASEAN (UBC, 1995); The Quest for Idenity: International Relations of Southeast Asia (Routledge, 2001, 2009); Asia Pacific Security Cooperation (M.E. Sharpe, 2004); Crafting Cooperation: Regiona International Institutions in Comparative Politics (Cambridge, 2007); Reassessing Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (MIT, 2007); The Age of Fear: Power Versus Principle in the War on Terror (New Delhi: Rupa and Co. and Singapore: Marshall Cavendish, 2004); and Asia Rising: Who is Leading (Singapore and New York: World Scientifica, 2007).  His most recent books are Whose Ideas Matter: Agency and Power in Asian Regionalism (Cornell, 2009) (one of the five books shortlisted "for their expectional contributions to the understanding of contemporary Asia or US-ASia relations" for the Asia Soceity's Bernard Schwartz Book Award for 2010); Non-Western International Relations Theory: Perspectives on and Beyond Asia (co-editor, Routledge, 2010); and The Making of Southeast Asia: International Relations of a Region (New Edition of The Quest for Idenitity) (Cornell, 2011, and Singapore, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies).

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. His international media appearances have with CNN Internation, BBC World Service, Al-Jazeera, CNBC and Channel News Asia (Singapore).  His current affairs commentaries have appeared in the Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, TImes of India, Indian Express, Straits Times, Jakarta Post, Far Eastern Economic Review, Japan TImes,  and Yale Global Online covering such topics as multilateralism, global security, Asian security, the war on terror and the rise of China and India.