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Rajan Menon



Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership


Political Science


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  • Profile

    Rajan Menon holds the Anne and Bernard Spitzer Chair in Political Science at the City College of New York/City University of New York. Previously he was the Monroe J. Rathbone Professor and Chairman in the Department of International Relations at Lehigh University. He has been a Fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington, DC, an Academic Fellow and Senior Adviser at the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Director for Eurasia Policy Studies at the Seattle-based National Bureau for Asian Research (NBR). He has taught at Columbia University and Vanderbilt University and served as Special Assistant for Arms Control and National Security to Congressman Stephen J. Solarz (D-NY), while an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, of which he is a member. His current work concerns American foreign and national security policy, international security, globalization, and the international relations of Asia and Russia and the other post-Soviet states.

    Menon was awarded the Ellen Gregg Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching (at Vanderbilt University) and the Eleanor and Joseph F. Libsch Award for Distinguished Research and the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching (at Lehigh University). He was selected as a Carnegie Scholar (2002-2003) and has also received fellowships and grants from the Woodrow Wilson Center, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Rockefeller Foundation, the John D and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Smith Richardson Foundation, and the US Institute of Peace. Menon has written more than 50 opinion pieces and essays for the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Newsday, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, and He has appeared as a commentator on National Public Radio, ABC, CNN, BBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and World Focus (PBS).

  • Education

    Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1979.

  • Research Interests

    Prof. Menon is currently working on his next book, Hubris: The Anatomy of Military Disasters.

  • Publications

    His latest book, The End of Alliances, Oxford University Press (2007), was selected as an "Outstanding Academic Title" by the American Library Association. 

    Other books include Soviet Power and the Third World (Yale University Press, 1986), Limits to Soviet Power (co-editor), (Lexington Books, 1989) and Russia, Central Asia, and the South Caucasus: The Emerging 21st Century Security Environment, (co-editor), (ME Sharpe, 1999); Energy, Development, and Conflict in the Caspian Sea Zone, (co-editor) (Armonk, NY: ME Sharpe, 2000). 

    Some representative articles include: "When America Leaves: Asia After the Afghan War," The American Interest (May/June 2012), "Counterrevolution in Kiev," (with Alexander J. Motyl), Foreign Affairs (October/November 2011), "Prisoners of the Caucasus: Russia's Invisible Civil War," (with Charles King) Foreign Affairs (July/August 2010), "Pious Words, Puny Deeds, The International Community and Mass Atrocities," Ethics and International Affairs (Fall 2009) and "Pax Americana and the Rising Powers," Current History (November 2009).; "Chaos in the North Caucasus and Russia's Future," (co-authored with John B. Dunlop), Survival (Summer 2006); and the "Myth of Russia's Resurgence," The American Interest (Spring 2007); and "The US and Turkey: End of an Alliance?" (co-author) Survival, Vol. 49, No. 2 (Summer 2007); "The End Of Alliances," World Policy Journal (Summer 2003); "The Sick Man of Asia: Russia's Endangered Far East," The National Interest (Fall 2003); "Russia's Quagmire: On Ending the Standoff in Chechnya," The Boston Review (Summer 20004); and (co-author), "An Axis of Democracy," The National Interest (Summer 2005) "Russia's Ruinous War in Chechnya," (with Graham Fuller) Foreign Affairs (March/April 2000); "Asia in the Twenty-First Century," (with S. Enders Wimbush) The National Interest (Spring 2000); and "In the Shadow of the Bear: Security in Post-Soviet Central Asia," International Security, Vol. 20, No. 1 (Summer 1995), pp. 149-181.

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