Rajan Menon holds the Anne and Bernard Spitzer Chair in International Relations at the City College of New York/City University of New York and is a Senior Research Scholar at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University and Non-Resident Fellow at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. Until August 2012 he was the Monroe J. Rathbone Distinguished Professor of International Relations and chairman of the International Relations Department at Lehigh University. He has also taught at Vanderbilt and Columbia Universities.
Menon’s areas of academic expertise include: international security, US foreign and national security policy, Russia and the other post-Soviet states, the international relations of Asia (Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and East Asia). He has served as Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, Fellow at the New America Foundation, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, Visiting Fellow at the Harriman Institute (Columbia University), Research Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 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). In 1989-90 Menon served as Special Assistant for National Security and Arms Control to Congressman Stephen J. Solarz (D-NY). He has severed as an Associate of the National Intelligence Council for several years and has provided briefings for, and participated in conferences at the NIC, the State Department, and has served as a consultant for various US government projects.
Menon has received fellowships and grants from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Carnegie Corporation, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the German Marshall Fund, the US Institute of Peace, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Smith Richardson Foundation. He was selected as a Carnegie Scholar for 2002-03. He was awarded the Ellen Gregg Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching at Vanderbilt University and, at Lehigh University, the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Eleanor and Joseph F. Libsch Research Award. His books include Soviet Power and the Third World (Yale University Press, 1986); The End of Alliances (Oxford University Press, 2007); Ukraine in Conflict: The Unwinding of the Cold War Order (MIT Press, 2015), coauthored with Eugene B. Rumer; and The Conceit of Humanitarian Intervention (Oxford University Press 2016). His next book, Russia after Putin (coauthored with Eugene B. Rumer), is under preparation for publication by Oxford University Press.
He is author or co-author of more than seventy-five journal articles and book chapters, most recently, “Puncturing the Myth of Putin’s Genius,” Foreign Policy, No. 235 (Winter 2020), pp. 7-9; “NATO Expansion and US Grand Strategy: A Net Assessment,” coauthored with William Ruger, International Politics, Vol. 55, Special Issue (2020), pp. 371-400; “Humanitarian Intervention and US Power,” in David Engerman, Paul Max Friedman, and Melani McAlister, eds., Cambridge History of America and the World, Vol. IV (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, in press, 2020); “Taiwan’s Balancing Act,” co-authored with Eric Heginbotham, National Interest (March/April 2019), 22-29; “In Defense of The Conceit of Humanitarianism,” Journal of Genocide Research, Vol. 21, No. 1 (2019), 120-130; “Democracy a la Modi,” co-authored with Sumit Ganguly, National Interest (January/February 2018), 12-24; “Buffer Zones: Anachronism, Power Vacuum, or Confidence Builder?” co-authored with Jack Snyder, Review of International Studies Vol. 43, No. 5 (December 2017), 962-986.
Menon’s opinion and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times Los Angeles Times, International Herald Tribune (now the Global New York Times), Newsweek, CNN.com, Christian Science Monitor, Boston Globe, Newsday, Chicago Tribune, 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.
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).
The End of Alliances (Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2007).
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)
Soviet Power and the Third World (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1986).
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.
“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, Rajan Menon, and Jack Snyder, “Ukraine between Russia and the West: Buffer or Flashpoint?,” World Policy Journal 34, no. 1 (2017).
“Why Humanitarian Intervention Still Isn’t a Global Norm,” Current History 116, no. 786 (2017): 35-37.
“Asia’s New Balance of Power,” National Interest 146 (2016): 68.
“The Specter of Relativism,” Politics, Religion, and Ideology 17, no. 2-3 (2016): 279-280.
“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): 46-57.
“Neomercantilism and the Competition for Energy in Central Asia and the Caspian Sea,” Strategic Studies Quarterly 8, no. 2 (Summer, 2014): 17-41.
“Asia’s Looming Power Shift,” National Interest no. 127 (September-October, 2013): 20-32.
“The Responsibility to Protect: It’s Fatally Flawed,” American Interest 8, no. 6 (July/August 2013): 6-16.
“Culture Wars,” Survival 53, no. 6 (December 2011-January 2012): 185-196.
“Why Moscow and Beijing Balk at ‘Interference,” Current History 111, no. 748 (November 2012): 310-316.
“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.
“The Two Ukraines,” German Marshall Fund of the United States (July 2011).
“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.
“Pax Americana and the Rising Powers,” Current History 108, no. 721 (November 2009): 353-360.
“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).
“Limits of Chinese-Russian Partnership,” Survival (June-July, 2009): 99-130.
“Restrategize Policies on Nuclear Proliferation, Failing States, and Terrorism,” Asia Policy (Special Roundtable on Advising the New President) 7 (January 2009): 26-29.
“NATO, RIP,” The American Interest 4, no. 2 (November/December 2008): 52-59.
“Reorienting Japan,” Survival 50, no. 3 (June/July 2008): 177-90.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“An Old Solution for a New Problem?” Survival 46 (Winter 2004): 187-191.
“Russia’s Quagmire: On Ending the Standoff in Chechnya,” Boston Review 29, no. 3-4 (Summer 2004, Double Issue): 26-32.
“The Sick Man of Asia: Russia’s Endangered Far East,” The National Interest 73, (Fall 2003): 93-105.
“The End of Alliances,” World Policy Journal 20, no. 2 (Summer 2003): 1-20.
“The New Great Game in Central Asia,” Survival 45, no. 2 (Summer 2003): 187-204.
“Another Year of Living Dangerously?” [original title: “Why Indonesia Could Collapse and Why That Matters”] The National Interest 65 (Fall 2001): 100-115.
“Structural Constraints on Russian Diplomacy,” ORBIS 45, no. 4 (Fall 2001): 579-596.
“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).
“The Strategic Convergence between Russia and China,” Survival 39, no. 2 (Summer 1997): 101-125.
“The Perils of Perestroika: The Life and Legacy of Mikhail Gorbachev,” The Harriman Review 10, no. 1 (Spring 1997): 1-14.
“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.
“Japan-Russia Relations and North-east Asian Security,” Survival 36, no. 2 (Summer 1996): 59-78.
“In the Shadow of the Bear: Security in Post-Soviet Central Asia,” International Security 20, no. 1 (Summer 1995) 149-181.
“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.
“The Future of Radical Third World States in the Post-Cold War Era,” PAWSS Perspectives 11, no. 2 (November 1991): 11-15.
“Soviet-Japanese Relations: More of the Same?” Current History 90, no. 555 (April, 1991): 160-163, 182-183.
“Gorbachev’s Japan Policy: Problems and Prospects,” Survival 23, no. 2 (March/April 1991) 158-172.
“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.
“New Thinking and Northeast Asian Security,” Problems of Communism 38, no. 2-3 (March-June, 1989): 1-29.
“Soviet Arms Transfers to the Third World: Characteristics and Consequences, Journal of International Affairs 40, no. 1 (Summer 1986): 59-77.
“The Soviet Union in East Asia,” Current History 82, no. 486 (October 1983): 313-317, 339-343.
“The Soviet Union, the Arms Trade and the Third World,” Soviet Studies 34, no. 3 (July, 1982): 377-96.
“China and the Soviet Union in Asia,” Current History 80, no. 468 (October 1981): 329-33, 340-342.
“Soviet Policy in the Indian Ocean Region,” Current History 76, no. 446 (April, 1979): 176-179, 186, 192.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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).
“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).
“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).
“On Assessing Soviet Power,” in Limits to Soviet Power, eds. Rajan Menon and Daniel N. Nelson (Lexington, MA: Lexington Books, 1989.)
“The Soviet Union in Northeast Asia,” in The Soviet Union in the Third World, ed. Carol R. Saivetz (Boulder: Westview Press, 1989).
“Military Power, Intervention and Soviet Policy towards the Third World,” in Soviet Foreign Policy in the 1980s, ed. Roger E. Kanet (Praeger Publishers, 1982).
“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).
“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).
Other Articles, Testimoney and Reports
“Biden Must Rethink the American Way of War,” Foreign Policy, 25 January 2021.
“Covid-19 and the Nightmare of Food Security,” The Nation, 29 December 2020
“Covid-19 and the Nightmare of Food Insecurity,” The Nation, 29 December 2020.
“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.
“The End of the War in Afghanistan Is in Sight,” The Nation, 28 April 2021.
“The Wisdom of Leaving Afghanistan,” Foreign Policy, 15 April 2021.