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, Russia, the South Caucasus, and Central Asia: The 21st Century Security Environment, eds. Rajan Menon, Yuri Fyodorov, and Ghia Nodia (Armonk, NY: ME Sharpe, 1999)

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

Book Chapters

Rajan Menon, “Greater Central Asia, Russia, and the West,” in Russia’s Reengagement with the West: Transformation and Integration in the Twenty-First Century, eds. Alexander J. Motyl, Blair A. Ruble, and Lilia Shevtsova (Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2004): 209-222.

Rajan Menon, “Leaders, Structural Conditions, and Russia’s Foreign Policy,” in Restructuring Post-Communist Russia, eds. Yitzhak Brudny, Jonathan Frankel, and Stefani Hoffman (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004): 250-270.

Rajan Menon and Charles E. Ziegler, “The Balance of Power and US Interests in the Russian Far East,” in The Russian Far East: A Region at Risk, eds. Judith Thornton and Charles E. Ziegler (Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 2002): 35-58.

Rajan Menon, “The Restless Region: The Brittle States of Central and South Asia,” in How Did this Happen? Terrorism and the New War, eds. James Hoge, Jr. and Gideon Rose (New York: PublicAffairs, 2001): 97-107.

Rajan Menon, “Russia,” in Strategic Asia: Power and Purpose, 2001-2002, eds. Richard J. Ellings and Aaron L. Friedberg (Seattle, WA: National Bureau of Asian Research, 2001): 174-221.

Rajan Menon, “Energy, Development and Conflict in the Caspian Sea Region,” in Energy and Conflict in Central Asia and the Caucasus, eds. Robert Ebel and Rajan Menon (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2000): 1-19.

Rajan Menon, “After Empire: Russia and the Southern ‘Near Abroad,'” in The New Russian Foreign Policy, ed. Michael Mandelbaum (New York: Council on Foreign Relations Press, 1998).

Rajan Menon, “Russo-Japanese Relations, Northeast Asian Security, and US Foreign Policy in the Post-Cold War Era,” in Imperial Decline: Russia’s Changing Position in Asia, eds. Stephen Blank and Alvin Z. Rubinstein (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1997).

Rajan Menon, “Russia, America, and Northeast Asia after the Cold War,” in Russia and America: From Rivalry to Reconciliation, eds. George Ginsburgs, Alvin Z. Rubinstein, and Oles M. Smolansky (Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 1993).

Rajan Menon, “On Assessing Soviet Power,” in Limits to Soviet Power, eds. Rajan Menon and Daniel N. Nelson (Lexington, MA: Lexington Books, 1989.)

Rajan Menon, “The Soviet Union in Northeast Asia,” in The Soviet Union in the Third World, ed. Carol R. Saivetz (Boulder: Westview Press, 1989).

Rajan Menon, “Military Power, Intervention and Soviet Policy towards the Third World,” in  Soviet Foreign Policy in the 1980s, ed. Roger E. Kanet (Praeger Publishers, 1982).

Rajan Menon, “The Military and Security Dimension of Indo-Soviet Relations,” in The Soviet Union in the Third World: Success and Failure, ed. Robert H Donaldson (Westview Press, 1981).

Roger E. Kanet and Rajan Menon, “Soviet Policy Toward the Third World,” in Soviet Politics in the Brezhnev Era, ed. Donald Kelley (New York: Praeger Publishers, 1980).

Rajan Menon, “Humanitarian Intervention and US Power,” in Cambridge History of America and the World, Vol. 4, eds. David Engerman, Paul Max Friedman, and Melani McAlister (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, in press).

Journal Articles

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

Rajan Menon and Eric Heginbotham, “Taiwan’s Balancing Act,” National Interest (March/April 2019): 22-29.

Rajan Menon, “In Defense of The Conceit of Humanitarianism,” Journal of Genocide Research 21, no. 1 (2019): 120-130.

Sumit Ganguly and Rajan Menon, “Democracy a la Modi,” National Interest (January/February 2018): 12-24.

Thomas Graham and Rajan Menon, “The Putin Problem,” Boston Review (September 2017).

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

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).

“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).

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

Rajan Menon, “Neomercantilism and the Competition for Energy in Central Asia and the Caspian Sea,” Strategic Studies Quarterly 8, no. 2 (Summer, 2014): 17-41.

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

Rajan Menon, “Asia’s Looming Power Shift,” National Interest no. 127 (September-October, 2013): 20-32.

Rajan Menon, “The Responsibility to Protect: It’s Fatally Flawed,” American Interest  8, no. 6 (July/August 2013): 6-16.

Rajan Menon, “Culture Wars,” Survival 53, no. 6 (December 2011-January 2012): 185-196.

Rajan Menon, “Why Moscow and Beijing Balk at ‘Interference,” Current History 111, no. 748 (November 2012): 310-316.

Rajan Menon, “When America Leaves: Asia After the Afghan War,” The American Interest 7, no. 5 (May/June, 2012): 46-56.

Alexander J. Motyl and Rajan Menon, “Counterrevolution in Kiev,” Foreign Affairs 90, no. 6  (October/November 2011): 137-148.

Rajan Menon, “The Two Ukraines,” German Marshall Fund of the United States (July 2011).

Rajan Menon, “Breaking the State,” The National Interest no. 113 (May/June 2011): 29-36

Charles King and Rajan Menon, “Prisoner of the Caucasus: Russia’s Invisible Civil War,” Foreign Affairs 89, no. 4 (July/August 2010): 20-34.

Rajan Menon, “Pax Americana and the Rising Powers,” Current History 108, no. 721 (November 2009): 353-360.

Rajan Menon, “Pious Words, Puny Deeds: The ‘International Community’ and Mass Atrocities,” Ethics and International Affairs 23, no. 3 (Fall 2009): 235-245. Reprinted as “Pious Words and Puny Deeds: The ‘International Community’ and Mass Atrocities,” in Uzi Rabi, ed., International Intervention in Local Conflicts: Crisis Management and Conflict Resolution since the Cold War,” (London: I.B. Tauris, 2010).

Rajan Menon, “Limits of Chinese-Russian Partnership,” Survival (June-July, 2009): 99-130.

Rajan Menon, “Restrategize Policies on Nuclear Proliferation, Failing States, and Terrorism,” Asia Policy (Special Roundtable on Advising the New President) 7 (January 2009): 26-29.

Rajan Menon, “NATO, RIP,” The American Interest 4, no. 2 (November/December 2008): 52-59.

Rajan Menon, “Reorienting Japan,” Survival 50, no. 3 (June/July 2008): 177-90.

Rajan Menon, “Changing of the Guard,” The National Interest no. 93 (January/February 2008): 78-85.

Enders S. Wimbush and Rajan Menon, “The US and Turkey: End of an Alliance?” Survival 49, no. 2 (Summer 2007): 129-144.

Alexander J. Motyl and Rajan Menon, “The Myth of Russian Resurgence,” The American Interest 2, no. 4 (March/April 2007): 96-101.

Rajan Menon, “Central Asia in the 21st Century,” in  Central Asia: The View from Washington, Moscow, and Beijing, ed. Boris Rumer (Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2007): 3-17.

Rajan Menon and John B. Dunlop, “Chaos in the North Caucasus and Russia’s Future,” Survival (Summer 2006): 97-114. Abridged revised version reprinted as “Chaos in the Caucasus,” Hoover Digest no. 3 (Summer 2006): 122-131.

Rajan Menon, “What Went Wrong,” The Boston Review 29, no. 6 (December/January 2005): 39-41.

Rajan Menon and Swati Pandey, “An Axis of Democracy? The Uncertain Future of Israeli-Indian Relations,” The National Interest (Summer, 2005): 29-36.

Rajan Menon, “An Old Solution for a New Problem?” Survival 46 (Winter 2004): 187-191.

Rajan Menon, “Russia’s Quagmire: On Ending the Standoff in Chechnya,” Boston Review 29, no. 3-4 (Summer 2004, Double Issue): 26-32.

Rajan Menon, “The Sick Man of Asia: Russia’s Endangered Far East,” The National Interest 73, (Fall 2003): 93-105.

Rajan Menon, “The End of Alliances,” World Policy Journal 20, no. 2 (Summer 2003): 1-20.

Rajan Menon, “The New Great Game in Central Asia,” Survival 45, no. 2 (Summer 2003): 187-204.

Rajan Menon, “Another Year of Living Dangerously?” [original title: “Why Indonesia Could Collapse and Why That Matters”] The National Interest 65 (Fall 2001): 100-115.

Rajan Menon, “Structural Constraints on Russian Diplomacy,” ORBIS 45, no. 4 (Fall 2001): 579-596.

Rajan Menon, “The Balance of Power and US Foreign Policy Interests in the Russian Far East,” National Bureau of Asian Research NBR Analysis 11, no. 5 (December 2000).

Rajan Menon and Enders S. Wimbush, “Asia in the Twenty-First Century,” The National Interest no. 59 (Spring 2000): 78-86.

Rajan Menon and Graham E. Fuller, “Russia’s Ruinous Chechen War,” Foreign Affairs 79, no. 2 (March/April 2000): 32-44.

Rajan Menon and Hendrik Spruyt, “The Limits of Neorealism: Understanding Security in Central Asia,” Review of International Studies 25 (1999): 87-105.

Rajan Menon and Hendrik Spruyt, “State Formation, Conflict, and Conflict Resolution in Central Asia,” in Barnett R. Rubin and Jack Snyder, eds., Post-Soviet Order: Conflict and State Building (New York: Routledge, 1998).

Rajan Menon, “The Strategic Convergence between Russia and China,” Survival 39, no. 2 (Summer 1997): 101-125.

Rajan Menon, “The Perils of Perestroika: The Life and Legacy of Mikhail Gorbachev,” The Harriman Review 10, no. 1 (Spring 1997): 1-14.

Rajan Menon, “Why Japan Will Re-Think Its Defense Strategy,” (Retitled by editor as “Japan: The Once and Future Superpower”), The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (Special Issue) 53, no. 1 (January-February, 1997): 29-34.

Rajan Menon, “Japan-Russia Relations and North-east Asian Security,” Survival 36, no. 2 (Summer 1996): 59-78.

Rajan Menon, “In the Shadow of the Bear: Security in Post-Soviet Central Asia,” International Security 20, no. 1 (Summer 1995) 149-181.

Rajan Menon, “Revitalizing the United States-Japanese Alliance,” Pacific Review 7, no. 2 (1994): 183-194.

Rajan Monen, “Post-Mortem: The Causes and Consequences of the Soviet Collapse,” The Harriman Review 7, no. 10-12 (November 1994): 1-10.

Rajan Menon and Henri J. Barkey, “The Transformation of Central Asia: Implications for Regional and International Security,” Survival 34, no. 4 (Winter 1992-93): 68-89.

Rajan Menon, “The Future of Radical Third World States in the Post-Cold War Era,” PAWSS Perspectives 11, no. 2 (November 1991): 11-15.

Rajan Menon, “Soviet-Japanese Relations: More of the Same?” Current History 90, no. 555 (April, 1991): 160-163, 182-183.

Rajan Menon, “Gorbachev’s Japan Policy: Problems and Prospects,” Survival 23, no. 2 (March/April 1991) 158-172.

Rajan Menon, “Soviet Policy in East Asia: Rethinking the Concept of Security,” in La Politique Étrangère Soviétique à L’Aube des Années 90 155-191.

Rajan Menon and John R. Oneal, “Theories of Imperialism: The State of the Art as Reflected in Three Models,” Polity 19, no. 2 (Winter, 1986): 169-193.

Daniel Abele and Rajan Menon, “Security Dimensions of Soviet Territorial Disputes with China and Japan,” Journal of Northeast Asian Studies 8, no. 1 (Spring 1989): 3-19.

Rajan Menon, “New Thinking and Northeast Asian Security,” Problems of Communism 38, no. 2-3 (March-June, 1989): 1-29.

Rajan Menon, “Soviet Arms Transfers to the Third World: Characteristics and Consequences, Journal of International Affairs 40, no. 1 (Summer 1986): 59-77.

Rajan Menon, “The Soviet Union in East Asia,” Current History 82, no. 486 (October 1983): 313-317, 339-343.

Rajan Menon, “The Soviet Union, the Arms Trade and the Third World,” Soviet Studies 34, no. 3 (July, 1982): 377-96.

Rajan Menon, “China and the Soviet Union in Asia,” Current History 80, no. 468 (October 1981): 329-33, 340-342.

Rajan Menon, “Soviet Policy in the Indian Ocean Region,” Current History 76, no. 446 (April, 1979): 176-179, 186, 192.

Rajan Menon, “The Soviet Union and India: A New Stage in Relations?” Asian Survey 18, no. 7 (July 1978): 731-750.

Rajan Menon and Roger E. Kanet, “Die Sowjet Union and die Dritte Welt,” Osteuropa 27 (1977): 60-74.

Other Articles

Rajan Menon, “On Robert Legvold’s Return to Cold War,” Roundtable 9-12 on Return to Cold War, H-Diplo/ISSF, Vol. 9, no. 12 (2017).

Kimberly Marten and Rajan Menon, “Facing a Fragile Ceasefire,” ForeignAffairs.com (13 January 2015).