Rajan Menon holds the Anne and Bernard Spitzer Chair in International Relations at the Powell School, the City College of New York/City University of New York and is a Senior Research Scholar at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University. Previously he was the Monroe J. Rathbone Professor and Chairman in the Department of International Relations at Lehigh University.
He has been a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, Fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington, DC, an Academic Fellow and Senior Adviser at the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Director for Eurasia Policy Studies at the Seattle-based National Bureau for Asian Research (NBR). He has taught at Columbia University and Vanderbilt University and served as Special Assistant for Arms Control and National Security to Congressman Stephen J. Solarz (D-NY), while an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, of which he is a member.
Menon's latest book is The Conceit of Humanitarian Intervention (Oxford University Press, 2016).
His other books include Conflict in Ukraine: The Unwinding of the Post Cold War Order (MIT Press, 1985), The End of Alliances (Oxford University Press, 2007), co-authored with Eugene B. Rumer; Soviet Power and the Third World (Yale University Press, 1986), Limits to Soviet Power (co-editor, with Daniel N. Nelson), (Lexington Books, 1989) and Russia, Central Asia, and the South Caucasus: The Emerging 21st Century Security Environment, (co-editor), (ME Sharpe, 1999); Energy, Development, and Conflict in the Caspian Sea Zone, (co-editor, with Robert Ebel) (Armonk, NY: ME Sharpe, 2000).
Some representative articles include: "Why Humanitarian Intervention Isn't a Global Norm," Current History (January 2017), "Asia's Changing Balance of Power," The National Interest (November/December 2016) "When America Leaves: Asia After the Afghan War," The American Interest (May/June 2012), "Counterrevolution in Kiev," (with Alexander J. Motyl), Foreign Affairs (October/November 2011), “Prisoners of the Caucasus: Russia’s Invisible Civil War,” (with Charles King) Foreign Affairs (July/August 2010), “Pious Words, Puny Deeds, The International Community and Mass Atrocities,” Ethics and International Affairs (Fall 2009) and “Pax Americana and the Rising Powers,” Current History (November 2009).; “Chaos in the North Caucasus and Russia’s Future,” (co-authored with John B. Dunlop), Survival (Summer 2006); and the “Myth of Russia’s Resurgence,” The American Interest (Spring 2007); and “The US and Turkey: End of an Alliance?” (co-author) Survival, Vol. 49, No. 2 (Summer 2007); “The End Of Alliances,” World Policy Journal (Summer 2003); “The Sick Man of Asia: Russia’s Endangered Far East,” The National Interest (Fall 2003); “Russia’s Quagmire: On Ending the Standoff in Chechnya,” The Boston Review (Summer 20004); and (co-author), “An Axis of Democracy,” The National Interest (Summer 2005) “Russia’s Ruinous War in Chechnya,” (with Graham Fuller) Foreign Affairs (March/April 2000); “Asia in the Twenty-First Century,” (with S. Enders Wimbush) The National Interest (Spring 2000); and "In the Shadow of the Bear: Security in Post-Soviet Central Asia," International Security, (Summer 1995).
Menon was awarded the Ellen Gregg Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching (at Vanderbilt University) and the Eleanor and Joseph F. Libsch Award for Distinguished Research and the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching (at Lehigh University). He was selected as a Carnegie Scholar (2002-2003) and has also received fellowships and grants from the Woodrow Wilson Center, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Rockefeller Foundation, the John D and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Smith Richardson Foundation, and the US Institute of Peace. Menon has written more than 100 opinion pieces and essays for the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Newsday, New York Daily News, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, and Huffington Post, Washingtonpost.com, The National Interest, and Tom Dispatch. He has appeared as a commentator on National Public Radio, ABC, CNN, BBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and World Focus (PBS).