Dato’ Dr Muthiah Alagappa is the Tun Hussein Onn Chair in International Studies at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Concurrently he is non-resident Senior Associate with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C. From 2006 to 2010 he was Distinguished Senior Fellow at the East-West Center. Prior to that he was founding director of East-West Center Washington (2001-2006), director of the integrated research program in East-West Center Honolulu, (1999-2001) and a senior fellow at the East-West Center since 1989. Dato’ Dr Muthiah was a Senior Fellow at ISIS Malaysia from 1985-1988.
Dato’ Dr Muthiah is a Senior Researcher in Comparative and International Politics. His research includes political legitimacy of governments, civil society and political change, political role of the military, democratic change, role of force in domestic and international politics, conceptualization of security, Asian practice of security, security order in Asia, nuclear weapons and security, and international governance.
He has had extensive experience in research management. He integrated and directed a large research programme at the East-West Center in the areas of politics, security, economics, population, health, and the environment. He managed 25 researchers with PhD degrees and a support staff of about 70 persons, with an annual budget of US$4 million.
Dato’ Dr Muthiah has held visiting professorships at Columbia University, Stanford University, Keio University, and the Nanyang Technological University. He was Leverhulme visiting professor at University of Bristol in the fall of 2008 and Sir Howard Kippenberger Visiting Chair in the School of Government in Victoria University of Wellington in summer 2010-11.
Prior to his academic career, Dato’ Dr Muthiah served as a career officer in the Malaysian Armed Forces (1962-82) holding field, command, and staff positions, including senior army member defense planning staff in the Ministry of Defense and command of three signals regiments.
Dato’ Dr Muthiah has published widely in highly reputed university presses and international journals. His recent publications include ‘A Changing Asia: Prospects for War, Peace, Cooperation, and Order,’ Political Science, 63, 2 (December 2011): 155-185; ‘International Relations Studies in Asia: Distinctive Trajectories,’ International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, 11, 2 (2011): 193-230; The Long Shadow: Nuclear Weapons and Security in 21st Century Asia, Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2008; Civil Society and Political Change in Asia: Expanding and Contracting Democratic Change, Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2004; and Asian Security Order: Instrumental and Normative Features, Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2003.
Dato’ Dr Muthiah has a PhD (International Affairs), from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, and an MA (Politics) from the University of Lancaster.