Arabinda Acharya

Arabinda Acharya now teaches at the Joint Special Operations Master of Arts Program, College of International Security Affairs, National Defense University, at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, USA. He is also an Adjunct Fellow with the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore where he worked 12 years before moving to the US. He is an Adjunct Faculty, Department of Geo-Politics, Manipal University, India and Deputy Director of the Centre for Peace and Development Studies, India.


He was an External Research Associate at the York University Joint Centre for Asia Pacific Studies, University of Toronto, Canada and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies (RCSS) Colombo, Sri Lanka and International Scholar in Residence at the Stella Maris College, Madras University, India.


Arabinda holds Doctor of Philosophy in International Relations from Deakin University, Australia; Master of Science in Strategic Studies from Nanayang Technological University, Singapore; Master of Arts in Political Science and Bachelor in Law from Utkal University, India


Arabinda has published 6 books and numerous articles in reputed journals, book volumes and newspapers




  1. Whither Southeast Asia Terrorism, (London: Imperial College Press, 2015)
  2. Ten Years After 9/11: Rethinking the Jihadist Threat, (London: Routledge,       2013)
  1. The Terrorist Threat in Southern Thailand: Jihad or Quest for Justice, (Washington: Potomac Books Inc, 2013)
  2. Ethnic Identity and National Conflict in China,( New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010)
  3. Targeting Terrorist Financing: International Cooperation and New Regimes, (London: Routledge, 2009)
  4. Conflict and Terrorism in Southern Thailand, (Singapore: Marshall Cavandish Academic, 2005)



Selected Articles

  1. “ISIS’ Chemical Weapons: Where They Came From, How They are Used, and What Will Come Next,”       Foreign Affairs, Feb-March 2016
  2. “Interview: Political Violence and Terrorism in Southeast Asia,” Georgetown Journal of Asian Affairs, Vol.2: No.1, Spring/Summer 2015)
  3. “Xinjiang Unrest: Need for a New Look,” Studies on China, Foreign Policy Research Centre, Vol.3, (January 2015)
  4. “Putting ISIS Threat in Perspective,” Global Brief, Spring 2015, ISSN: 1920-6909
  5. “Afghanistan’s Post-2014 Future,” Global Brief, (Fall 2012)
  6. “Ten Years of 9/11 and End of Terror,” Journal of Defense Management, 2:1, (January 2012)
  7. Review Article, Timothy Wittig, Understanding Terrorist Finance, New York, USA: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, pp.238, Contemporary Security Policy, 33:1, (March 2012)
  8. “Taking the Battle to the Sea: Maritime Terrorism and Piracy in the South China Sea Region,” European-Asian Journal of Law and Governance 1:2 (October 2011)
  9. “Whither Southeast Asia Terrorism?” Global Brief, (Fall 2011)
  10. “India’s State of Armed Violence: Assessing the Human Cost and Political Priorities,” Issue Brief No.1, Small Arms Survey, (September 2011)
  11. “Nizam la Tanzim (System not Organization): Do Organizations Matter in Terrorism Today? A Study of November 2008 Mumbai Attacks,” Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 34:1 (January 2011) (co-authored Sonal Marwah)
  12. “Transshipment and Trade Based Money Laundering,” Journal of Money Laundering Control, 14:1 (January 2011)
  13. “Indonesia’s Case with Abu Bakr Bashir” CTC Sentinel, 3:10 (October 2010)
  14. “Small Amounts for Big Bangs: Rethinking Responses to Low-cost Terrorism,” Journal of Money Laundering Control, 12.3, (2009)
  15. What is ‘Al Qaeda’ Today? Global Brief, Web Exclusives, (22 June 2009)
  16. “Making Money in the Mayhem: Funding Taliban Insurrection in the Tribal Areas of Pakistan,” Studies in Conflict and Terrorism 32:2 (January 2009)
  17. “Picking up the pieces in Mumbai; Many questions remain about who the terrorists were and what they wanted,” Ottawa Citizen, (9 December 2008)
  18. “The Predicament for India,” Financial Times, (28 November 2008)
  19. “The Myth of the Second Front: Localizing the ‘War on Terror’ in Southeast Asia,” Washington Quarterly, (Autumn 2007)
  20. “The Bali Bombings: Impact on Indonesia and Southeast Asia,” Occasional Research Series II, (Islamism in Southeast Asia), No. 2, Centre for Eurasian Policy, (Hudson Institute, 2006)
  21. “India and Southeast Asia in the Age of Terror: Building Partnerships for Peace,” Contemporary Southeast Asia,       28:2 (2006)
  22. “Countering the Global Islamist Terrorist Threat,” The Korean Journal of Defence Analysis, XVIII:1, (Spring 2006)
  23. “The Second Bush Administration, Priorities and Issues for Asia,” UNISCI Discussion Papers, (January 2005)
  24. “Targeting Islamist Terrorism in Asia Pacific: An Unending War,” Asia Pacific Review, II: 2, (November 2004)
  25. Review Article, D.R. Sardesai and Raju G.C. Thomas, eds., Nuclear India in the Twenty-First Century, (New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2002), Contemporary Southeast Asia, vol. 24, no. 3, (December 2002)
  26. Review Article, Frederic Grare and Amitabh Mattoo, eds., INDIA AND ASEAN:  The Politics of India’s Look East Policy.   (New Delhi:  Manohar Publishers & Distributors.  2001), Pacific Affairs, vol. 75, no.3, (Fall 2002)
  27. “Human Security in Asia: Conceptual Ambiguities and Common Understandings,” Man and Development, (Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development) vol. XXIV No.4, (December 2002)
  28. “Engaging China In South Asia,” Harvard Asia Quarterly, V:3, (Summer 2001)
  29. “Shadow Over the Subcontinent: South Asia Goes Nuclear- a Look at Security,” George Town Journal of International Affairs; II:1 (Winter/Spring 2001)
  30. “South Asia in the Nuclear Era,” Asian Defence and Diplomacy (Kuala Lumpur), 7: 12, (December 2000)
  31. “Human Security in Asia Pacific: Conceptual Ambiguities and Common Understandings” CANCAPS Bulletin No. 27, (November 2000)