Rajan Menon

Senior Research Scholar, Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies; and Anne and Bernard Spitzer Chair in Political Science at the City College of New York/City University of New York

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Rajan Menon holds the Anne and Bernard Spitzer Chair in Political Science at the City College of New York/City University of New York and is a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council. Until August 2012 he was the Monroe J. Rathbone Professor of International Relations and chairman of the International Relations Department at Lehigh University. He has also taught at Vanderbilt and Columbia Universities.

Menon has served as Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, as Fellow at the New America Foundation, as Visiting Fellow at the Harriman Institute at Columbia University, as Senior Advisor and Academic Fellow at the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and Director of Eurasia Policy Studies at the National Bureau of Asian Research NBR). He has received fellowships and grants from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Carnegie Corporation, the German Marshall Fund, the US Institute of Peace, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

His books include Soviet Power and the Third World (Yale University Press, 1986); The End of Alliances (Oxford University Press, 2007); Conflict in Ukraine: The Unwinding of the Post-Cold War Order (MIT Press, 2015), coauthored with Eugene B. Rumer; and The Conceit of Humanitarian Intervention (Oxford University Press, 2016).

His recent articles include “Buffer Zones: Anachronism, Power Vacuum, or Confidence Builder?” (co-authored with Jack Snyder), Review of International Studies (2017), “Ukraine Between Russia and the West: Buffer Zone or Flashpoint?” (co-authored with Thomas Graham and Jack Snyder), World Policy Journal, Vol. XXXIV, No. 1 (Spring 2017), “Why Humanitarian Intervention Still Isn’t a Global Norm,” Current History, Vol. 116, No. 786 (January 2017), “Asia’s New Balance of Power,” National Interest No. 146 (November/December 2016), “The Specter of Relativism,” Politics, Religion, and Ideology, Vol. 17, No. 2-3 (2016), “The Anatomy and Evolution of the India-Russia Relationship,” in David Malone, C. Raja Mohan, and Srinath Raghavan, eds., Oxford Handbook of Indian Foreign Policy (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015); “The India Myth,” National Interest No. 134 (November/December 2014), pp. 46-57. He is a regular writer for TomDispatch and writes frequently for the online site of The National Interest. His opinion pieces have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times Book Review, the International Herald Tribune (now the global edition of the New York Times), Newsweek, Christian Science Monitor, Financial Times, Newsday, the Chicago Tribune, Boston Review, and washingtonpost.com. He has been a consultant to various US government agencies and a commentator on NPR, ABC, BBC, CNN, MS-NBC, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and France TV-24. He was a Carnegie Scholar in 2002-2003. Most recently, he directed the Institute’s collaborative project with the Powell School at City College, “Buffer Zones and Borderlands,” with Jack L. Snyder, which was supported by a two-year grant from the Carnegie Corporation.

He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Publications

Books

Rajan Menon, The Conceit of Humanitarian Intervention (Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2016).

Eugene B. Rumer and Rajan Menon, Conflict in Ukraine: The Unwinding of the Post-Cold War Order (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2015).

Rajan Menon, The End of Alliances (Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2007).

Rajan Menon, Soviet Power and the Third World (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1986).

Journal Articles

Jack Snyder and Rajan Menon, “Buffer Zones: Anachronism, Power Vacuum, or Confidence Builder?” Review of International Studies 43, no. 5 (2017): 962-986.

Jack Snyder, Thomas Graham, and Rajan Menon, “Ukraine between Russia and the West: Buffer or Flashpoint?” World Policy Journal 34, no. 1 (2017): 107-118.

Rajan Menon, “Why Humanitarian Intervention Still Isn’t a Global Norm,” Current History 116, no. 786 (2017): 35-37.

Rajan Menon, “Asia’s New Balance of Power,” National Interest 146 (2016): 68.

Rajan Menon, “The Specter of Relativism,” Politics, Religion, and Ideology 17, no. 2-3 (2016): 279-280.

Rajan Menon, “The Anatomy and Evolution of the India-Russia Relationship,” Oxford Handbook of Indian Foreign Policy (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015).

Rajan Menon, “The India Myth,” National Interest no. 134 (2014): 46-57.