Amin Saikal AM, FASSA is Adjunct Professor of Social Sciences at University of Western Australia, and former University Distinguished Professor of Political Science, and Foundation Director of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies (the Middle East and Central Asia) at the Australian National University (February 1994-2019).
He has been a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow in International Relations, and Visiting Fellow/professor to Princeton University, Cambridge University; the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex; Zayed University, Nanyang Technological University (RSIS) and Indiana University. He is a member of the International Advisory Council of the Institute of Islamic Civilization and Thought, International Islamic University of Malaya, and member of the Advisory Board of the Encyclopedia Princetoniensis.
He has also served as Advisor to the late Hon. Malcolm Fraser, former Prime Minister of Australia, and Chairman, of the InterAction Council of Former Heads of States, and member of the Council’s Expert Advisory Group. He has been a member of many national and international bodies, including Australia’s National Consultative Committee for International Security Issues (Ministerial appointment), Executive of Australia-Saudi Business Council, and International Commission for Cooperation and Security in West Asia.
He is the winner of many prestigious awards, including the Order of Australia (AM) ‘for service to the international community and education through the development of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, and as an author and adviser’, and Peter Baume Award (the Australian National University’s top award) recognizing ‘eminent achievement and merit of the highest order’; and he is an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.
His latest books include: Iran Rising: The Survival and Future of the Islamic Republic (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2019); Islam Beyond Borders: Umma in World Politics (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019) - co-author; Iran at the Crossroads (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2015); Zone of Crisis: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and Iraq (London: I.B. Tauris, 2014); 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: Princeton University Press, 2009); Islam and the West: Conflict or Cooperation? (London: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2003); Weak States, Strong Societies: Power and Authority in the New World Order (London: I.B. Tauris, 2016) – editor; The Arab World and Iran: A Turbulent Region in Transition (New York: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2016); Afghanistan and its Neighbors After the NATO Withdrawal (New York: Lexington Books, 2016); ; Democracy and Reform in the Middle East and Asia: Social Protest and Authoritarian Rule after the Arab Spring (London: I.B. Tauris, 2014) - co-editor American Democracy Promotion in the Changing Middle East: From Bush to Obama (London: Routledge 2013) – co-editor.
He is also the author of numerous articles in refereed international journals and chapters in volumes published by highly reputable publishers. In addition, he has published in major international dailies and websites, including The New York Times, The New York Times International Edition (previously International Herald Tribune), The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail; The Japan Times, The Sydney Morning Herald; Project Syndicate; and 7D News. He is a frequent commentator on national and international TV and radio networks on issues pertinent to his field of specialty.