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

  • April 22, 2014
    The results of last week's Geneva conference on Ukraine offer a glimmer of hope. We're a long way from seeing calm return to Ukraine, but the text of the agreement provides the most hopeful sign yet that a Crimea redux,
  • April 01, 2014
    The Natocracy is fired up. The crisis in Ukraine, which climaxed with a bogus referendum, a fig leaf to legitimize a Russian annexation of the Crimean peninsula, has given the Atlantic alliance, strategically adrift since the end of the Cold
  • March 17, 2014
    The referendum that occurred on Sunday in Crimea was a flagrant violation of Ukraine's constitution. And it was held amidst a Russian military occupation supposedly mounted to defend ethnic Russians on the peninsula, even though there was no evidence that they
  • March 12, 2014
    President Obama’s inbox is doubtless packed with proposals for stopping the standoff between Ukraine and Russia.
  • March 06, 2014
    The Crimean parliament has voted to organize a referendum on March 16 if the Russian government -- basically Putin -- agrees that the territory is eligible to become part of the Russian Federation and to secede from Ukraine. But here's the problem:
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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.