We´re pleased to introduce the new member of RBPI´s Editorial Board, Amitav Acharya and Amy Niang:
Amitav Acharya is the UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance and Distinguished Professor of International Relations at the School of International Service, American University, Washington, D.C., and the Chair of its ASEAN Studies Initiative. He is author of Whose Ideas Matter? (Cornell 2009), The Making of Southeast Asia (Cornell 2013), Rethinking Power, Institutions and Ideas in World Politics (Routledge 2013) and The End of American World Order (Polity 2014, Oxford 2015). He was a Fellow of the Asia Center, Harvard University, and a Fellow of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He was elected to the Christensen Fellowship at St Catherine’s College, Oxford University in 2012 and held the inaugural Nelson Mandela Visiting Professorship in International Relations at Rhodes University, South Africa during 2012-13. He is the first non-Western scholar to be elected as the President (for 2014-15) of the International Studies Association (ISA), the largest and most well-known scholarly association in international studies worldwide. He has contributed op-eds to foreignaffairs.com, Washington Post (Monkey Cage Blog), International Herald Tribune, Financial Times, Japan Times, Jakarta Post, Indian Express, and Times of India and interviewed by CNN International, BBC World Service, CNBC, Channel News Asia, Radio Australia, and Al Jazeera TV on current affairs.
Amy Niang is a political scientist with an interest in three broad areas, namely (1) the history of state formation and related ideas of sovereignty, statehood, community and order (2) the notion of the “international” in theory and practice and |(3)Africa in/and International Relations. Her current project examines the history of the “international” as a concept and a normative field. I’m particularly keen to understand how ‘Africa’ as an idea and place has featured into it. Amy joined the Department of International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand as a lecturer in 2011 after completing an MA in Political Economy at the University of Tsukuba, Japan, and a PhD in Politics and International Relations at the University of Edinburgh, UK. Her dissertation examined state and social processes in the Voltaic region of West Africa between the 16th and 19th Centuries.