Muthiah Alagappa

Nonresident Senior Associate
Asia Program
Alagappa, a nonresident senior associate in the Asia Program, was the first holder of the Tun Hussein Onn Chair in international studies at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. His research focuses primarily on Asian security, the political legitimacy of governments, civil society and political change, and the political role of the military in Asia.
 

Education

PhD, International Affairs, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University 
MA, Politics, University of Lancaster

Languages

English

 

Muthiah Alagappa is a nonresident senior associate in the Asia Program of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. From January 1, 2012, to December 31, 2013, he was the first holder of the Tun Hussein Onn Chair in International Studies at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. His research focuses primarily on Asian security, the political legitimacy of governments, civil society and political change, and the political role of the military in Asia.

Previously, Alagappa worked at the East-West Center. From 2006 to 2010, he was the center’s distinguished senior fellow. Prior to that, he was founding director of the center’s Washington office (2001–2006), director of the integrated research program in Honolulu (1999–2001), and a senior fellow (1989–1999).

Before beginning his academic career, Alagappa served as a career officer in the Malaysian Armed Forces (1962–1982) holding field, command, and staff positions including senior army member for the defense planning staff in the Ministry of Defense.

Alagappa has written numerous articles for leading journals and is author of more than ten books. His recent publications include: Nation Making in Asia: From Ethnic to Civic Nations? (Institute of Strategic and International Studies Malaysia, 2012), The Long Shadow: Nuclear Weapons and Security in 21st Century Asia (Stanford University Press, 2008), Civil Society and Political Change in Asia: Expanding and Contracting Democratic Change (Stanford University Press, 2004), Asian Security Order: Instrumental and Normative Features (Stanford University Press, 2003), and Coercion and Governance: The Declining Political Role of the Military in Asia (Stanford University Press, 2001). 

  • Op-Ed Diplomat July 9, 2015
    Asia’s Strategic Landscape: Continuity and Change

    The ultimate goal of U.S. engagement in Asia should be to foster peaceful change through the inculcation of liberal political and economic values that sustain and further develop international norms, rules, institutions and processes it helped construct in the aftermath of World War II.

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  • Community Building: ASEAN’s Millstone?
    Op-Ed Pacific Forum CSIS PacNet March 19, 2015
    Community Building: ASEAN’s Millstone?

    ASEAN should not force itself to become a single community by a certain date but instead focus its resources and attention on strengthening capacity and effectiveness in immediately relevant roles.

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  • Op-Ed Asan Forum December 19, 2014
    International Peace in Asia: Will it Endure?

    Unit-level factors like nation- and state-making, along with national resilience and state capacity, continue to be the driving factors of war, peace, cooperation, and order in the region.

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  • Op-Ed National Interest May 28, 2014 中文
    Thailand is Broken: Can the Military Come to the Rescue?

    The recent military coup could provide an opportunity to break Thailand’s political impasse if the Thai military rises above partisan politics and acts in the genuine interest of the country’s political development.

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  • Article April 7, 2014
    Obama’s Golden Opportunity in Malaysia

    President Obama’s upcoming visit to Malaysia is the perfect time to begin developing a strategic partnership between Kuala Lumpur and Washington.

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  • Op-Ed Edge Malaysia March 31, 2014
    Bujang Valley is Our National Heritage

    The excavation of the Bujang Valley complex should be seen as an effort to preserve Malaysia’s venerable national heritage and used to build a multicultural nation that can accommodate diversity.

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  • Op-Ed Bangkok Post February 14, 2014
    Our Political Crisis is Far From Unique

    Although the shutdown in Bangkok currently commands center stage, Thailand has been plagued with two political crises over the past 80 years or more.

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  • Op-Ed Edge Malaysia January 6, 2014
    Need for a Vibrant International Studies Culture and Community

    Strengthening international studies is not just a nice idea, but rather a necessity for Malaysia to reach its potential and confront the challenges of the 21st century.

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  • Op-Ed Edge September 23, 2013 中文
    Developing a Strategic Relationship with China

    Malaysia and China should put in place processes, institutions, and measures to realize a strategic relationship that benefits both countries and the region.

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  • Op-Ed Edge, Malaysia August 12, 2013
    Obama’s Visit a Golden Opportunity

    The forthcoming Obama visit offers a valuable opportunity to make further strides in Malaysia-U.S. bilateral relations, as well as to strengthen American engagement in Southeast Asia.

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  • June 18, 2014 Washington, DC 中文
    The Challenge of Political Legitimacy in Southeast Asia

    In Southeast Asia, political dynamics appear to be outrunning political institutional frameworks. Although Thailand is the obvious case, political systems in other Southeast Asian countries, such as Malaysia and Singapore, are also under strain.

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