Rajan Menon

Rajan Menon is the Anne and Bernard Spitzer Professor of Political Science at the Colin Powell School, City College of New York/City University of New York, and Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council.


The choices of China, India and Japan will define Asia's future. Their lack of unity and diversity of weaknesses will leave big problems unaddressed.

One fact is certain: foreign interventions end badly. Think the Balkans, Iraq, Afghanistan. Libya will be no different.

History kept India and Israel apart. But times have changed. Will strategic necessity keep them together?

Russia's reversal of fortunes in its resource-rich Far East will complicate the Asian equation for the United States.

Indonesia's crisis could cause the strategic upending of Southeast Asia. American policymakers may need to act quickly and wisely to prevent a security nightmare.


Rajan Menon evaluates the latest works on the future of East Asia and its impact on the world. Is Pax Americana in decline, and are we on the verge of a Pax Sinica?


The tensions within the alliance are too deep for a little Russian pushiness to erase.

A package deal for the United States and Russia.

From Ukraine to Iran to the East China Sea, the "tougher" option proposed has always been worse.

Politicians may be opening a Pandora's Box during an already risky regional power transition.

Under severe pressure from multiple angles and with Russia unwilling to back him to the hilt, Ukraine's president may be done for.

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April 21, 2014