CPDS Working Papers

The CPDS Working Papers seek to stimulate comment and discussion on a topic of strategic and policy importance. The submissions are peer-reviewed by an international board of advisors to ensure quality of content and originality. The views expressed are those of the authors and do not represent those of the Centre

WP – 1 (2012) NGOs and Human Security by Dharitri Dwivedy

Books and Articles

Amrit P. Acharya and Arabinda Acharya, Cyberterrorism and Biotechnology: When ISIS meets CRISPR, Foreign Affairs, June 2017

Arabinda Acharya “Is the West prepared for an Islamic State attack?” The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, (June 2016)

Arabinda Acharya “ISIS’ Chemical Weapons: Where They Came From, How They are Used, and What Will Come Next,”       Foreign Affairs, Feb-March 2016

Whither Southeast Asia Terrorism, (London: Imperial College Press, 2015)

By Arabinda Acharya

More than 11 years after the 9/11 attacks and 10 years after the October 2002 Bali bombings, the need for a comprehensive assessment of what the countries in Southeast Asia have achieved is overdue. We need to consider whether the strategies against both the domestic and transnational terrorist and extremist threat have been appropriate and have yielded desired results. The aim of this book is to make a comprehensive assessment of the threats of terrorism and extremism in the region and of the policies and practices adopted by the regional countries to counter the same. It is also necessary to evaluate if the region has become a safer place after the decade-long fight. Most importantly, it is time to ask if we need a rethink or develop a new strategy to contain and manage the threats of terrorism and extremism.

Ten Years After 9/11-Rethinking the Jihadist Threat, Routledge, 2013

By Arabinda Acharya

Ten years after the 9/11 attacks this book reassesses the effectiveness of the “War on Terror”, considers how al-Qaeda and other jihadist movements are faring, explores the impact of wider developments in the Islamic world such as the Arab Spring, and discusses whether all this suggests that a new approach to containing international, especially jihadist, terrorism is needed. Among the book’s many richly argued conclusions are that the “War on Terror” and the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq have brutalised the United States; that the jihadist threat is not one, but rather a wide range of separate, unconnected struggles; and that al-Qaeda’s ideology contains the seeds of its own destruction, in that although many Muslims are content to see the United States worsted, they do not approve of al-Qaeda’s violence and are not taken in by the jihadists’ empty promises of utopia.

Review – Ten Years After 9/11- Rethinking the Jihadist Threat

By David Hansel

Books by Amitav Acharya 


“A Quest For Identity: International Relations Of Southeast Asia” (Singapore: Oxford University Press, 2000)

Posted on 27-10-2000

Constructing A Security Community In Southeast Asia
Posted on 27-10-2000