Amitav Acharya

Amitav Acharya
American University Washington D.C. | AU · School of International Service

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Global Governance, Multilateralism, R2P, Human Rights, Pandemic, Environment, Trade, Finance, Security, Cyberspace and Social Media, Climate Change
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This volume has focused on the demand for global governance-especially what causes it and how and why demand-understood as having both utilitarian and social purposes-vary across time and issue areas. Using demand as the central analytic framework, we looked at the architecture, actors and progress of global governance, the latter in terms of the l...
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Southeast Asia, ASEAN, Regions, Regionalism, Regional Organization, US-ASEAN Relations, China-ASEAN Relations, Constructivist International Relations Theory
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This forum explores how societal contexts affect how instructors teach introductory undergraduate courses in international relations (IR), global politics, and international studies. Contributors teach at universities in China, Ecuador, India, Morocco, South Africa, the United Kingdom–Scotland, and the United States. Because instructors vary the st...
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Constructing a Security Community in Southeast Asia: ASEAN and the Problem of Regional Order, 3rd edn, 2014
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“Civilization” is back at the forefront of global policy debates. The leaders of rising powers such as China, India, Turkey, and Russia have stressed their civilizational identity in framing their domestic and foreign policy platforms. An emphasis on civilizational identity is also evident in U.S. president Donald Trump's domestic and foreign polic...
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This chapter examines the origins of the concept of human security, debates surrounding its definition and scope, some of the threats to human security in the world today, and international efforts to promote human security. It proceeds in four parts. The section ‘What is human security?’ traces the origin and evolution of the concept, and examines...
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This is Amitav Acharya's earliest writing on non-Western IR (now Global IR), showing how and why IR theory and discipline suffers from Western dominance and needs to include more ideas and contributions from the Global South. Written in 1999 and published in 2000, it was well before this subject of became more fashionable in the 2000s. The discipl...
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The discipline of International Relations (IR) is increasingly being criticized for ignoring and marginalizing states and societies outside of the core countries of the West. The idea of a ‘Global IR’ has been proposed since 2014 a pathway toward a bridging the ‘West and the Rest’ divide and thus develop a more inclusive discipline, recognizing its...
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This article identifies divergent views on the nature of the changing order and argues that collaborative rather than hegemonic leadership is necessary to sustain global peace, prosperity and justice. This collaborative leadership would increase the number of actors with effective voice. It calls the evolving order “multiplex” because of the overla...
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Cambridge Core - Global History - The Making of Global International Relations - by Amitav Acharya
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The Making of Global International Relations - by Amitav Acharya February 2019
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The Making of Global International Relations - by Amitav Acharya February 2019
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The Making of Global International Relations - by Amitav Acharya February 2019
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The Making of Global International Relations - by Amitav Acharya February 2019
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The Making of Global International Relations - by Amitav Acharya February 2019
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The Making of Global International Relations - by Amitav Acharya February 2019
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This chapter examines the limitations and problems of strategic studies with respect to security challenges in the global South. It first considers the ethnocentrism that bedevils strategic studies and international relations before discussing mainstream strategic studies during the cold war. It then looks at whether strategic studies kept up with...
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Essay on comparative regionalism explaining why the EU model may not apply to other regions
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Why strategic diplomacy matters Amitav Acharya Coping with the changing world order Kishore Mahbubani ASEAN at 50 ... and more ASIAN REVIEW-James Curran: The choice between sentiment and reality Aileen S P Baviera: Duterte's China policy shift, strategy or serendipity?
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Cambridge Core - International Relations and International Organisations - Constructing Global Order - by Amitav Acharya
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Critics write off the idea of “ASEAN centrality” in Asia’s regional architecture, and also the very survival of ASEAN as a regional community. ASEAN’s role is better described as the hub and the agenda-setter, a convening power with a normative leadership, not the leader of regional institutions. To revitalize itself, ASEAN should downsize in terms...
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The field of international relations (IR) is witnessing growing efforts to challenge Western centrism and give more space and voice to the Global South. These efforts are happening under a variety of labels, such as, but not limited to, non-Western IR, post-Western IR, Global IR, etc.To be sure, attempts to “bring the Global South in” by highlighti...
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While the West woke up to the threat to the liberal international order when Donald Trump was elected U.S. president, its decline was apparent even at the height of the Obama-Clinton era. What follows the end of the U.S.-dominated world order is not a return to multipolarity as many pundits assume. The twenty-first-century world—politically and cul...
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A decade ago in 2007 we published a forum in International Relations of the Asia-Pacific (IRAP) on 'Why there is no non-Western IR theory?'. Now we revisit this project ten years on, and assess the current state of play. What we do in this article is first, to survey and assess the relevant literature that has come out since then; second, to set ou...
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The study of international relations in or of Asia is no longer atheoretical, as was the case only three decades ago, when the Pacific Review was founded. But how serious are the efforts to study the international relations of Asia theoretically? Some Western scholars argue that writings on Asian International Relations (IR) are still peripheral to...
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This chapter examines the origins of the concept of human security, debates surrounding its definition and scope, some of the threats to human security in the world today, and international efforts to promote human security. It explores whether the idea of human security fundamentally challenges or merely supplement the traditional view of national...
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Mainstream international relations scholarship has ignored or disparaged the significance and legacies of the Bandung conference. The author argues in favour of its importance, not only for any serious investigation into the evolution of the post-war international order, but also for the development of Global IR as a truly universal discipline: a g...
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An ‘idea-shift’ is taking place that may be of greater consequence for global governance than is the ongoing ‘power shift’ or the rise of new powers. A number of non-Western thinkers and practitioners - who may be called idea-shifters - have contributed to new concepts and approaches that have radically altered the way we think about development, s...
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This Presidential Issue, with contributions by scholars from Asia, Australia, the Middle East, South America, Africa, Europe, and the United States, illustrates how the idea of Global international relations (IR) could serve as a framework for both scholarly debate and empirical research and analysis. This issue is divided into two main parts. The...
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I thank the contributors to the discussion on the American-led world order for their insightful comments and criticisms. Below are my brief responses to them.
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The field of regionalism has been flourishing for some time. Amitav Acharya has been a persistent and powerful voice in the field, and he has contributed to and actively shaped paradigmatic debates within it. His theoretically sophisticated and contextually grounded approach to Southeast Asia's regional order and beyond has inspired countless schol...
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In this chapter, I reflect on how the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) as an idea and norm relates to the ongoing theoretical debates about the origins and diffusion of norms in international relations literature. Among international relations theories, it is constructivism that pays the most attention to the role of ideas and norms.While realism re...
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The discipline of International Relations (IR) does not reflect the voices, experiences, knowledge claims, and contributions of the vast majority of the societies and states in the world, and often marginalizes those outside the core countries of the West. With IR scholars around the world seeking to find their own voices and reexamining their own...
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Southeast Asian studies faces multiple challenges, such as misgivings among its scholars regarding the field's geopolitical lineage, skepticism about the relevance of area studies in an era of globalization, and the rise of competing discipline-based approaches. But these challenges also provide the impetus for rethinking and broadening, especially...
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Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world after China, India and the United States. It is also the world’s largest Muslim majority country and the third largest democracy. Its economy is currently the 10th largest on the global scale. Indonesia is recognized as an emerging power, and a respected member of the international communit...
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It is increasingly recognized that the literature on norms, like that of international relations more generally, neglects or obscures the voices and role of non-Western actors. Part of the reason has to do with its relatively narrow conceptualization of agency: who are the norm makers and how do they create and diffuse norms? This article, drawing...
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The study of international relations, has traditionally been dominated by Western ideas and practices, and marginalized the voice and experiences of the non-Western states and societies. As the world moves to a “post-Western“ era, it is imperative that the field of IR acquires a more global meaning and relevance. Drawing together the work of renown...
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This chapter proposes a new framework to investigate the impact of regional institutions on socialization. Called Type III internalization, it represents a middle ground between Type I (i.e. member states simply acting according to group expectations, even if they may not agree with them), and Type II (i.e. states transforming themselves by adoptin...
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This essay proposes a new theoretical framework for analyzing the rise of China and its impact on Asian security order. While the rise of China is reshaping Asia's military balance, the region has also witnessed equally important and longer-term changes, especially economic interdependence, multilateral institutions and domestic politics. The impli...
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The paper examines ASEAN’s political and security challenges and prospects in the coming two decades. The challenges facing ASEAN could be classified into six broad categories: (1) the shifting balance of power in the Asia Pacific; (2) the persistence of intra-ASEAN territorial conflicts; (3) the territorial dispute in the South China Sea, (4) the...
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The case of R2P calls for greater attention to agency and feedback in norm dynamics. New international norms are more likely to spread if the responsibility for their creation and diffusion is seen to have been more broadly shared than being credited to any particular group. Many new norms have multiple sources and contexts, yet there is a tendency...
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Is comparative regionalism a field whose time has come? While the contemporary interest in comparing regions and regionalisms may be not completely new, it is different from older approaches. Our understanding of what makes regions has changed with social constructivist and critical theoretical approaches that have led to a less behavioural and mor...
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This paper argues that the collective action in Asia by its regional organizations has historically suffered from a “capability–legitimacy gap”: a disjuncture between the capability (in terms of material resources) of major Asian powers to lead regional cooperation on the one hand and their political legitimacy and will as regional leaders on the o...
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This paper argues that the collective action in Asia by its regional organizations has

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