Professor Amin Saikal "is a specialist in the politics, history, political economy and international relations of the Middle East and Central Asia.
"He is currently Professor of Political Science and Director of the Centre for Arab and Islamic studies at the ANU.
"He has been a Visiting Fellow at Princeton and Cambridge Universities, and a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow in International Relations. He is a member of the National Consultative Committee on International Security Issues, and a Director, Peace Scholarship Board, IDP Education Australia (International Enterprises) Pty Ltd." 
"Amin Saikal is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies (The Middle East and Central Asia) at the Australian National University. Professor Saikal is a specialist in the politics, history, political economy and international relations of the Middle East and Central Asia. He has been a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University, Cambridge University and the Institute of Development Studies (University of Sussex), as well as a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow in International Relations (1983-1988). In April 2006, he was appointed Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to the international community and to education, and as an author and adviser. He is also a member of many national and international academic organisations, and the author of numerous works on the Middle East, Central Asia, and Russia. His major works include Modern Afghanistan: A History of Struggle and Survival (I.B. Tauris, 2006); Islam and the West: Conflict or Co-operation? (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003); The Rise and Fall of the Shah (Princeton University Press, 1980); (co-author) Regime Change in Afghanistan: Foreign Intervention and the Politics of Legitimacy (Westview Press, 1991); (co-editor [with Virginia Hooker ]) Islamic Perspectives on the New Millennium, Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2004; (co-editor [with Albrecht Schnabel ]) Democratization in the Middle East: Experiences, Struggles, Challenges (New York: United Nations University Press, 2003); (co-editor) The Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan (Cambridge University Press, 1989); (co-editor) Russia: In Search of its Future (Cambridge University Press, 1995). Professor Saikal has also published many articles in international journals, as well as numerous feature articles in major international newspapers, including the International Herald Tribune. He is also a frequent commentator on radio and television. He has a long association with ANU and brings to the Centre a rich source of knowledge and experience in the University’s operations." 
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