TRANSCEND is a worldwide network of academic research centers, policy think-tanks, government agencies and non-governmental organizations dedicated to developing new approaches to global governance. It specifically aims to forge a shared understanding among the developed and developing countries of how to manage the current diffusion of world power in the face of growing transnational challenges.
55th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association
Amitav Acharya receiving the ISA Presidential gavel from outgoing President Harvey Starr
Professor Acharya delivered the Presidential Address to the 55th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association in Toronto on 27 March 2014. Entitled: “Global IR and Regional Worlds: A New Agenda for International Studies”, the Address urged IR scholars to accord greater recognition to the places, voices, and agency of the non-Western states and societies so as to transcend the West-Rest divide. The idea of Global IR revolves around six dimensions:
• It is founded upon a pluralistic universalism: not ‘applying to all’, but recognizing and respecting the diversity in us
• It is grounded in world history, not just Greco-Roman, European or US history
• It subsumes, rather than supplants existing IR theories and methods
• It integrates study of regions, regionalisms and area studies
• It eschews exceptionalism
• It recognizes multiple forms of agency beyond material power: including resistance, normative action, and local constructions of global order
The Global IR project holds that the best form universalism is pluralism. Being part of Global IR: means making IR not only safe for diversity but also enriched by it. Global IR is the theme of the ISA Convention in New Orleans in February 2015.
The full text of the Address will appear in International Studies Quarterly.
Professor Acharya meeting President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
Jakarta, 16 January 2014. Prof. Acharya presenting President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia a copy of his book, The Making of Southeast Asia, which has a picture of him with President Obama. That brought out a smile in him.
Keynote Speech to the 7th Asian Political and International Studies Association (APISA) Annual Congress, Ankara, 25-26 Oct 2013
Professor Acharya delivered a keynote speech on "The Mediterranean/Europe and the Indian Ocean/Asia: Two Paradigms of International Order?", to the the 7th Asian Political and International Studies Association (APISA) Annual Congress, held in Ankara, 25-26 Oct 2013. APISA was established in 2001 at a conference in Kuala Lumpur, where Prof Acharya had also delivered the keynote speech. and Professor Acharya also served as the founding co-President of APISA.
TRANSCEND organizes International Conference on Global Governance, October 3-5, 2013
Nelson Mandela Professor of International Relations
Prof Acharya with students, faculty and staff at Rhodes University, March 3-15, 2013 as part of his periodic visit there as the Nelson Mandela Professor of International Relations
(Transnational Challenges and Emerging Nations Dialogue (TRANSCEND) At American University , founded in 2011,
is different from TRANSCEND, A Peace, Development and Environment Network (www.transcend.org)
founded in 1993 by Prof. Johan Galtung. The two organizations cooperate.)