Professor Rajan MenonDirector Grand Strategy Program at Defense Priorities and
Senior Research Scholar at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia UniversityRaj Menon, who has visited Ukraine four times since the war started, has been detailing the evolution ofthe conflict. He most recently penned an op-ed for the New York Times entitled “ Putin has already lost .”
An alumnus of Lehigh University, Rajan Menon returned to the campus in 1985 and held the Monroe J.Rathbone Distinguished Professorship in International Relations from 1987 through 2010, serving aschair of his department for many years. In 2010, he accepted the Anne and Bernard Spitzer Chair inInternational Relations at the City College of New York/City University of New York, where he taughtuntil 2022. He currently directs the Grand Strategy Program at Defense Priorities and is a Senior ResearchScholar at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University.Menon has also taught at Vanderbilt and Columbia and served as Senior Fellow at the Council on ForeignRelations, Fellow at the New America Foundation, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, Visiting Fellowat the Harriman Institute (Columbia University), Research Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson InternationalCenter for Scholars, Senior Advisor and Academic Fellow at the Carnegie Corporation of New York, andDirector of Eurasia Policy Studies at the Seattle-based National Bureau of Asian Research NBR). In1989-90, he served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee staff, working on nuclear arms control.He has received fellowships and grants from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, theCarnegie Corporation, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the GermanMarshall Fund, the US Institute of Peace, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and theSmith Richardson Foundation. He was selected as a Carnegie Scholar for 2002-03.He is the author or editor of seven books, most recently Ukraine in Conflict: The Unwinding of the ColdWar Order (MIT Press) and The Conceit of Humanitarian Intervention (Oxford University Press). He isthe author or co-author of over seventy-five journal articles and book chapters.
His opinion pieces have appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, the Financial Times, theWashington Post, International Herald Tribune (now the Global New York Times), the Los AngelesTimes, the Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Newsweek,,Christian Science Monitor, Newsday, Boston Review, and Politico. He has appeared on the BBC, NPR,CNN, CBS Radio, MSNBC, France24, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and the AustralianBroadcasting Corporation.

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