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Professor Amin Saikal AM

BA, PhD (ANU), AM, FASSA

Elected: 2013

Discipline: Political Science

Specialisation: Politics, modern history, political economy, international relations of the Middle East and Central Asia, the role of political Islam in the Middle East and Central Asia, Iran, Afghanistan

Profile

Amin Saikal is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies (the Middle East and Central Asia) at the Australian National University.

Professor Saikal has been a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University, Cambridge University, and the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, Visiting Professor at Zayed University as well as a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow in International Relations (1983 – 1988).  He was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) in January 2006 for his services to international community and education as well as an advisor and author.  He is the author of numerous works on the Middle East, Central Asia, and Russia.  His latest books include: Zone of Crisis: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and Iraq, London: I.B. Tauris, 2014; Democracy and Reform in the Middle East and Asia: Social Protest and Authoritarian Rule After the Arab Spring, London: I.B. Tauris, 2014 (co-editor);  American Democracy Promotion in a Changing Middle East: from Bush to Obama, London: Routledge, 2012 (co-editor); Modern Afghanistan: A History of Struggle and Survival, London: I B Tauris, 2012; The Rise and Fall of the Shah: Iran from Autocracy to Religious Rule, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009; Islam and the West: Conflict or Cooperation?, London: Palgrave, 2003.  He has also published numerous scholarly articles in international journals, and chapters in edited volumes.

He has published many Op-Ed pieces in a number of national and international dailies, including The International Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Guardian, and is a frequent commentator on issues related to the Middle East and Central Asia on radio and television.

Appointments

Main Teaching, Research or Administrative Posts

  • Visiting Research Fellow, Princeton University (1980 – 1981)
  • Visiting Fellow, Kings College, University of Cambridge (1981)
  • Lecturer, Department of Political Science, The Faculties, ANU (1983 – 1985)
  • Visiting Fellow, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex (1985)
  • Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science, The Faculties, ANU (1986 – 1991)
  • Senior Research Fellow, Department of International Relations, RSPAS, ANU (1989)
  • Visiting Research Fellow, Center of International Studies, Princeton University (1991 – 1992)
  • Reader, Department of Political Science, The Faculties, ANU (1992 – 1993)
  • Foundation Director, Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies (Middle East & Central Asia), and Professor of Political Science, ANU (1994 – present)
  • Visiting Professor, Zayed University, Dubai (2002)
  • Visting Distinguished Scholar, Indiana University (2014)

Key Appointments in the last ten years:

  • Advisor to the Chair of the InterAction Council of the Former Heads of State, the Hon Malcolm Fraser, and member of the Council’s Expert Advisory Group (1999 – 2006)
  • Member, International Commission for Cooperation and Security in West Asia (2000 – 2006)
  • Co-Director, United Nations’ Project on “Peace and Democracy in the Middle East” (2004)
  • Non-resident Fellow, Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, Princeton University (2002 –      )
  • Peace Scholarship Board, IDP Education Australia (2003 – 2006)
  • Director, One Earth Peace Foundation Project on “Weak States, Strong Societies” (2013 – 2014)
  • Member, Australia-Saudi Business Council (2013 –       )

 

Awards

  • Rockefeller Foundation Fellow in International Relations (1983 – 1988)
  • Order of Australia (AM) for service to the international community and education through the development of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies (Middle East & Central Asia), and as an advisor and author (2006)
  • Delegate to the Prime Minister’s 2020 Summit (2008)
  • ANU Vice-Chancellor’s medal for achievement, service and contribution to the university (2008)
  • ANU International Impact Media Award (2008)
  • ANU Media and Outreach Award (2009)
  • ANU Chancellor’s Award for distinguished contributions to the ANU as a teacher, researcher and academic leader (2011)
  • ANU International women’s Day Certificate of Recognition for being a champion for women’s employment and career advancement at the ANU (2013)

Publications

Shahram Akbarzadeh, Benjamin MacQueen, James Piscatori and Amin Saikal (eds) (2013) American Democracy Promotion in the Changing Middle East: From Bush to Obama, London: Routledge

Amin Saikal (2012) Modern Afghanistan: A History of Struggle and Survival, new edn, London: I B Tauris

Amin Saikal, (ed) (2011) The Afghanistan Conflict and Australia’s Role, Carlton, Vic: Melbourne University Press

Amin Saikal (2009) The Rise and Fall of the Shah: Iran from Autocracy to Religious Rule, new edn, Princeton: Princeton University Press

Amin Saikal (2003) Islam and the West: Conflict or Cooperation?, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Contact

Contact Information

Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia

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