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Distinguished Professor Amin Saikal AM

Amin Saikal is Distinguished 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 is a specialist in the politics, history, political economy and international relations of the Middle East and Central Asia. He has been a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University, Cambridge University and the Institute of Development Studies (University of Sussex), as well as a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow in International Relations (1983-1988). In April 2006, he was appointed Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to the international community and to education, and as an author and adviser. In 2015 he was appointed to level of ANU Distinguished Professor, the highest level for a university academic. He had previously received the ANU Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Contribution to the University in 2011. He is also a member of many national and international academic organisations, and the author of numerous works on the Middle East, Central Asia, and Russia. His books include: 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 University Press, 2009);  (editor) The Afghanistan Conflict: Australia’s Role (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, June  2011); Islam and the West: Conflict or Co-operation? (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003); (co-author) Regime Change in Afghanistan: Foreign Intervention and the Politics of Legitimacy (Westview Press, 1991); (co-editor) Islamic Perspectives on the New Millennium (Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2004); (co-editor) Democratization in the Middle East: Experiences, Struggles, Challenges (New York: United Nations University Press, 2003); (co-editor) The Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan (Cambridge University Press, 1989); (co-editor) Russia: In Search of its Future (Cambridge University Press, 1995). Professor Saikal has also published many articles in international journals, as well as numerous feature articles in major international newspapers, including The International Herald Tribune, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian and The Globe and Mail. He is also a frequent commentator on radio and television.


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