Welcome About

"APISA - building an Asian identity beyond  

                      exceptionalism and parochialism"

Amitav Acharya

Founding President

In November 2001, 30 academics from research institutes, think tanks, and universities introduced the idea of launching an Asian-based academic organization dedicated to the advancement of political and international studies. It was the general consensus of the meeting that Asian scholars had been marginalized from the decision-making processes of the Western-based associations of a similar nature. Asian schools of thought had been stifled as a consequence of the American hegemony in the social sciences, and that the state of Asian studies in general was underdeveloped. In the light of these concerns, APISA was established and held its founding congress in Singapore in 2003.


Patterned after academic institutions in North America and Western Europe, the organization seeks to promote theoretically informed comparative scholarships, based on the Asian experience in the fields of conflict and peace, democracy and governance, development, and area studies.



APISA Short Video




APISA's objectives 

  • Promotion of research and teaching in all areas of the social sciences, in particular disciplines related to political and international studies
  • Dissemination of research findings, institutional skills and syllabi
  • Promotion of cooperation and exchanges between individuals and institutions
  • Promotion of regional and sub-regional peace through epistemic communities

APISA's philosophy



Democracy, equality and peace through epistemic communities


APISA believes that democracy, social and economic equality as well as peace and security in Asia can be achieved through epistemic communities.



APISA's vision


A network of networks for the Asian scientific community


APISA's network of networks assists the Asian scientific community in promoting research and teaching in all disciplines of social sciences, disseminating research findings, and in establishing cooperation between individuals, institutions and existing academic networks.



Related documents



Building an Asia-Pacific Peace Community

From a Human Security Perspective (PDF)

Sorpong Peou*

Keynote Address to the 9th Congress of the Asian Political and International Studies Association (APISA), 11 -12 September 2015, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.




Identity Without Exceptionalism:

Challenges for Asian Political and International Studies (PDF)

Amitav Acharya**


Keynote Address to the Inaugural Workshop of the Asian Political and International Studies Association (APISA), 1-2 November 2001, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 



*  Sorpong Peou is Chair of the Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University, Canada

**  Amitav Acharya is Professor of International Relations and the UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance at the School of International Service, American University, Washington, DC




APISA Secretariat 2015