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The UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance

About the UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance at American University, Washington, D.C.

The UNESCO Chair Program

Brochure of the UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance (2016)

Report on Activities 2010-2013: The UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance (UCTCG)


Activities and Events: 2016

Presentation on “The Future of Global Governance,” to the U.S. National Committee for the UNESCO, Spring Meeting, Washington, D.C., June 7, 2016

Civilizations in Embrace: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Ideas, Peace, and World Order, March 21, 2016, Juan Ramon Jiménez,  Room #2208, Adele H. Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland, College Park. Jointly organized by the UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance and the Bahai Chair for World Peace, University of Maryland. Program


Activities and Events: 2014-2015

UNESCO Chair Renewed:  In 2015, the UNESCO renewed Professor Acharya's term as the UNIESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance for another four year till March


Keynote Address, “Reinventing Caribbean Regionalism in an Emerging Multiplex World,” “Forum on the Future of the Caribbean,” Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, 5-7 May, 2015, (organized by UNDP and attended by the five Caribbean Prime Ministers and dozens of foreign ministers, and senior officials from countries and international organizations and NGOs). (Program: Text at:

Keynote Address, “A World of Their Own Making? The Bandung Conference and the Post-War International Order,” International Conference on “Bandung Conference and Beyond: Rethinking International Order, Identity, Security, and Justice in a Post-Western World,” Organized by Gadja Mada University, and the University of Queensland, Yogyakarta, April 8-10, 2015. Watch at:

Keynote Address to the Seminar on Global IR and Chinese School of IR,” China Foreign Affairs University, Beijing, 8 December 2014.

Speech to Opening of the Doctoral Academic Year, 2014/15, Institut d'Etudes Européennes, de l'Universite Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Brussels, 16 October 2014. “Political Science and International Relations in a Multiplex World”.

Keynote Address to the 28th Annual Convention of the Mexican International Studies Association, Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico, 11 Oct 2014. “International Studies in the Post-Hegemonic Multiplex World.”

Conference Presentations and Seminars:

“Theorizing the Global South: A Conversation with Amitav Acharya, “ 29th Annual Congress of the Mexican International Studies Association, Cancun, 15-17 October 2015.

“An Agenda for ASEAN Studies,” The Second International ASEAN Studies Conference, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, 3-5 August 2015.;

“The Global Study of IR,” Workshop on “How to Study Global IR,” Oxford University, 11 May 2015. Podcast at:

“Regional Worlds,” Speech to PRIMO (Power and Region in a Multipolar World) Workshop, University of Lisbon, 26-30 January 2015. Watch at:

“International Relations in a ‘Multiplex World’,” Lecture to Sciences Po, Paris, 11 September 2014.

“The End of Hegemony?” Lecture at Department of Politics and International Relations Colloquium, Oxford University, 6 June 2013.

“Making Sense of 'Non-Western International Relations Theory,” St Catherine’s College,Oxford University, 8 May 2013.


Activities and Events: 2010-2013
Keynote Address to Annual International Studies Convention 2013, “Re-imagining Global Orders: Perspectives from the South”, 10-12 December, 2013, organized by a consortium of Indian universities and held at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India: “Imagining Global IR out of India”.

Keynote Address, 7th Congress of the Asian Political and International Studies Association, Ankara, 25-26 October 2013: “The Mediterranean/Europe and the Indian Ocean/Asia:  Two Paradigms of International Order?”

“Constructivism and the Study of Global IR,” Workshop on “The Future of Constructivist Research in International Relations,” Oxford University, Center for International Studies, 30 April 2013.