Atlantic Council

Rajan Menon

Nonresident Senior Fellow, South Asia Center

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International Security, US Foreign Policy


Asia, Russia, South Asia
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Recent Activity

  • June 17, 2014
    South Asia Center Nonresident Senior Fellow Rajan Menon writes for the National Interest on why US assistance will not be able to save Iraq which is now divided into three parts:
  • June 10, 2014
    South Asia Center Nonresident Senior Fellow Rajan Menon writes for The National Interest  on the future of China-India relations given the inauguration of new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi:
  • May 30, 2014
    In his May 28 West Point speech on foreign policy President Obama took a swipe at "so-called realists." But the acolytes of this particular school of thought will by and large be satisfied with his manifesto. The most scathing attacks
  • May 23, 2014
    South Asia Center Senior Fellow Rajan Menon writes for Inter Press Service and LobeLog on what to expect from newly elected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's foreign policy:
  • May 22, 2014
    Since November, when Ukraine’s political turmoil reached a critical point, we’ve seen a flood tide of punditry that can be described as follows: Lots of gloom, dollops of doom. It’s time for some (cautious) optimism. For internal and external reasons,
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Full Bio

Rajan Menon is a nonresident senior fellow in the Atlantic Council's South Asia Center.

He holds the Anne and Bernard Spitzer chair in political science at the City College of New York/City University of New York and was previously 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. His latest book, The End of Alliances (Oxford University Press, 2007), was selected as an "Outstanding Academic Title" by the American Library Association.

Menon's work has been published extensively by the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Newsday, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Washington Post, and the Huffington Post. He has appeared as a commentator on NPR, ABC, CNN, BBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and PBS.