Amitav Acharya (born 1962) is a professor of international relations at American University, Washington, D.C., where he holds the UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance at the School of International Service, and serves as the chair of the ASEAN Studies Center.
Acharya was born in Jagatsingpur,Orissa,now Odisha, India. After studying at Ravenshaw University and Jawaharlal Nehru University in India, he obtained his doctorate from Murdoch University in Australia in 1987. After a brief research and teaching stint in Singapore, he joined the faculty of York University, Toronto in 1993. During 1998-2001, he spent two stints at Harvard University’s newly established Asia Center, first as a visiting scholar and then as a Fellow of the Center. During 2000-2001, he was concurrently appointed to be a Fellow of the Center for Business and Government at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. From 2001 and 2007, he worked in Singapore as the Deputy Director and Head of Research of the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, (which in 2007 became the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies). In August 2007, he was appointed to the Chair of Global Governance at the University of Bristol. In January 2009, he moved to his present position at American University.
Acharya was elected to a Christensen Fellowship at St Catherine’s College, Oxford in 2012. He was appointed to the Nelson Mandela Visiting Professorship in International Relations at Rhodes University, South Africa (2012–13). He has held a number of other visiting positions, including as the ASEM Chair in Regional Integration at the University of Malaya, the Direk Jayanama Visiting Professor of Political Science at Thammast University, Bangkok, Visiting Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, Visiting Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore and Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Economics at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand (since 2004).
Acharya’s major research interests include:
- The diffusion of ideas and norms in world politics
- Comparative regional institutions
- International relations, regionalism and security in Southeast Asia and the Asia Pacific
- International relations theory, especially constructivism and non-Western international relations theory
Acharya is best known for proposing the frameworks of “localization” and “subsidiarity” to study the diffusion of ideas and norms in world politics, and for his writings on “non-Western international relations theory”. He is also a leading scholar on Southeast Asian security, Asian regionalism, and the application of international relations theories to Asia.
- Rethinking Power, Institutions and Ideas in World Politics: Whose IR? (Routledge 2013)
- “Power Shift or Paradigm Shift: China’s Rise and Asia’s Emerging Security Order,” International Studies Quarterly, 2013.
- The Making of Southeast Asia: International Relations of a Region (ISEAS 2012, Cornell 2013).
- “Norm Subsidiarity and Regional Orders: Sovereignty, Regionalism and Rule Making in the Third World,” International Studies Quarterly, Vol. 55, No.1 (2011), pp. 95–123.
- “Dialogue and Discovery: In Search of International Relations Theories Beyond the West,” Millennium, Vol. 39, No.3 (2011), pp. 619–637.
- Non-Western International Relations Theory: Perspectives on and Beyond Asia (Routledge, 2010), co-edited with Barry Buzan.
- “Asia is Not One,” Journal of Asian Studies, Vol. 69, No. 4 (November 2010), pp. 1001–1013.
- Whose Ideas Matter? Agency and Power in Asian Regionalism (Cornell 2009)
- Constructing a Security Community in Southeast Asia: ASEAN and the Problem of Regional Order (Routledge, 2001, 2009, 2014)
- “The Emerging Regional Architecture of World Politics: A Review Essay,” World Politics, Vol.59, No.4 (July 2007), pp. 629–652.
- Crafting Cooperation: Regional International Institutions in Comparative Perspective (Cambridge 2007), co-edited Alastair Iain Johnston
- “How Ideas Spread: Whose Norms Matter? Norm Localization and Institutional Change in Asian Regionalism”, International Organization, Vol. 58, No.2 (Spring 2004), pp. 239–275.
- “Will Asia’s Past be Its Future?”, International Security, Vol. 28, No.3 (Winter 2003-04), pp. 149–164.
- The Quest for Identity: International Relations of Southeast Asia (Oxford 2000)
Other Professional Activities
In 2012, Acharya was elected President of the International Studies Association (ISA) for 2014-15. He was a vice-President of the ISA in 2008-9. He is one of the founders of the Asian Political and International Studies Association (APISA), and served as its inaugural co-president in 2003-4.
Acharya's work has policy impact on Asian regionalism and human security. His 2001 book, Constructing a Security Community in Southeast Asia: ASEAN and the Problem of Regional Order, was the primary basis of the initial Indonesian concept paper which ultimately resulted in the establishment of the ASEAN Political-Security Community.  His work on human security led to him being invited to address the UN General Assembly on the subject of human security on 14th April 2011. 
He has been interviewed by CNN International, BBC T.V. BBC World Service Radio, CNBC, Channel News Asia, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio Australia, National Public Radio (NPR), and Al Jazeera TV on current affairs.
Acharya has written numerous op-eds for international newspapers and magazines including Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, National Public Radio (NPR) online, Huffington Post, Australian Financial Review, Asia Times, Times of India, Indian Express, Straits Times, Jakarta Post, Bangkok Post, Asiaweek, Far Eastern Economic Review, Japan Times, South China Morning Post, YaleGlobal Online covering such topics as international and Asian security, regional integration, the war on terror, and the rise of China and India.
- Amitav Acharya. "Profile Amitav Acharya". American.edu. Retrieved 2013-06-01.
- "Transcend | Transnational Challenges And Emerging Nations Dialogue". Transcend-global.org. Retrieved 2013-06-01.
- "Alumni honoured for professional and community excellence | Murdoch University". Media.murdoch.edu.au. 2012-07-26. Retrieved 2013-06-01.
- "Dr. Amitav Acharya". Cris.unu.edu. Retrieved 2013-06-23.
- "Center for Business and Government". Hks.harvard.edu. 2000-12-13. Retrieved 2013-06-01.
- "Amitav Acharya". Ppa.hss.ntu.edu.sg. Retrieved 2013-06-23.
- Amitav Acharya. "Profile Amitav Acharya". American.edu. Retrieved 2013-06-23.
- "Christensen Fellowship". Amitav Acharya. Retrieved 2013-06-23.
- Rhodes University (2012-05-07). "Rhodes University". Ru.ac.za. Retrieved 2013-06-23.
- “Theory Talk #42 - Amitav Acharya,” (On the Relevance of Regions, ASEAN, and Western IR's false universalisms), August 10, 2011. http://www.theory-talks.org/2011/08/theory-talk-42.html; “Constructing Security and Identity in Southeast Asia,” Interview with Amitav Acharya published by the Brown Journal of World Affairs, vol.11, no.2 (Winter-Spring 2006), 155-164. Available at: http://www.bjwa.org/article.php?id=Bsg9lE965f1HviKf8L7VqWf0xYX7FR347fH0dj0l
- Acharya, Amitav. "Rethinking Power, Institutions and Ideas in World Politics: Whose IR? (Paperback)". Routledge. Retrieved 2013-06-01.
- "The Making of Southeast Asia, International Relations of a Region (Amitav Acharya)". Cornellpress.cornell.edu. Retrieved 2013-06-01.
- "Review: Non-Western International Relations Theory—Perspectives on and beyond Asia". Isn.ethz.ch. Retrieved 2013-06-01.
- An earlier version available at: https://www.iseas.edu.sg/documents/publication/Asia-is-Not-One1.pdf
- "Review: Acharya, Amitav (2009), Whose Ideas Matter? Agency and Power in Asian Regionalism | Sakaeda | Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs". Hup.sub.uni-hamburg.de. 2009-10-27. Retrieved 2013-06-01.
- "Whose Ideas Matter?, Agency and Power in Asian Regionalism (Amitav Acharya)". Cornellpress.cornell.edu. Retrieved 2013-06-01.
- "Announces Five Finalists for 2010 Bernard Schwartz Book Award". Asia Society. 2010-08-27. Retrieved 2013-06-01.
- Acharya, Amitav (2009-06-08). "Constructing a Security Community in Southeast Asia: ASEAN and the Problem of Regional Order, 2nd Edition (Paperback)". Routledge. Retrieved 2013-06-01.
- "Customer Reviews: Constructing a Security Community in Southeast Asia: ASEAN and the Problem of Regional Order (Politics in Asia)". Amazon.co.uk. 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2013-06-01.
- "Crafting Cooperation". Assets.cambridge.org. Retrieved 2013-06-01.
- Ikenberry, G. John. "Review: International Institutions in Comparative Perspective". Foreign Affairs, January/February 2009.
- "V27N2 - The Quest for Identity: International Relations of Southeast Asia by Amitav Acharya". Mindef.gov.sg. 2006-07-03. Retrieved 2013-06-01.
- Latif, Asad. "Professor Amitav Acharya, friend of South-east Asia." Straits Times, 3 September 2000
- February 12, 2013 (2013-02-12). "Acharya Elected President of International Studies Association | School of International Service | American University, Washington, D.C". American.edu. Retrieved 2013-06-01.
- "Welcome". Apisa.org. Retrieved 2013-06-01.
- "Browse Series". Sup.org. Retrieved 2013-06-01.
- K.K. Khine, "The Making of Indonesia’s Concept of ASEAN Security Community," Universities Research Journal, Vol. 4, No. 7 (2011). p.247
- On 14th April 2011, at the invitation of its President, he addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York on the subject of human security.; https://www.un.org/en/ga/president/65/initiatives/Human%20Security/Amitav%20Acharya%20UNGA%20Human%20Security%20Debate%20Presentation.pdf
- "Transcend Director Appears On Bbc World News". YouTube. 2012-09-18. Retrieved 2013-06-01.
- "President Obama Visits Asia: Forum | KQED Public Media for Northern CA". Kqed.org. 2012-11-15. Retrieved 2013-06-01.
- "Riz Khan - Islam and the East - 18 Nov 09 - Pt 1". YouTube. 2009-11-19. Retrieved 2013-06-01.
- "Op-Ed Archive Selections". Amitav Acharya. Retrieved 2013-06-01.
- "/ UK - East Asian integration is a test for the big powers". Ft.com. 2005-12-14. Retrieved 2013-06-01.
- Six op-eds are available at the New York Times website: http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/08/opinion/08iht-edacharya_ed3_.html; http://www.nytimes.com/2003/04/25/opinion/25iht-edamitav_ed3_.html; http://www.nytimes.com/2002/01/10/opinion/10iht-edach_ed3_.html; http://www.nytimes.com/2002/09/17/opinion/17iht-edami_ed3_.html; http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/23/opinion/23iht-T-edamitav_ed3_.html; http://www.nytimes.com/2005/03/15/opinion/15iht-edacharya.html?_r=0
- Acharya, Amitav. "No Dalai Lama Meeting? Think Again, Obama". NPR. Retrieved 2013-06-01.
- Amitav Acharya, Feb 21, 2011, 12.00am IST (2011-02-21). "The Cairo connection - Times Of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2013-06-01.
- "Will ASEAN thrive in 2030?". The Jakarta Post. 2011-02-14. Retrieved 2013-06-01.
- Acharya, Amitav (2011-10-23). "Courting America without getting China in a tizz". Asian Security Outlook. Retrieved 2013-06-01.
- http://yaleglobal.yale.edu/content/democracy-burma-does-anybody-really-care; http://yaleglobal.yale.edu/content/can-asia-step-21st-century-leadership