The President serves a one year term and works during that time to propose programs and policies designed to advance the best interests of the Association. He or she convenes and presides over meetings of the Executive Committee, the Governing Council, and the Annual Business Meeting while overseeing the work of the Executive Office.

T. V. Paul, ISA President 2016-2017

About T. V. Paul

T.V. Paul is James McGill Professor of International Relations in the Department of Political Science at McGill University with specialization in international security, regional security, and South Asia. He is the author or editor of 16 books and nearly 60 journal articles or book chapters. Paul is known for rigorous puzzle-driven scholarship utilizing case studies and has been a proponent of eclectic theorizing. He is also a conceptual innovator of topics such as asymmetric conflicts, soft balancing, tradition of nuclear non-use, geostrategic curse, and status accommodation of rising powers. He received his PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles (1991), MPhil from Jawaharlal Nehru University (1984), and undergraduate education from Kerala University. His previous services to ISA include: Vice-President (2013-14), Chair, Long-Range Planning Committee (2014-16), and Chair, International Security Studies Section (2009-11). At McGill, he has been the team leader of the Globalization and National Security Project ( and was the founding director of the Center for International Peace and Security Studies (CIPSS). For more, see:

Some of his books include Accommodating Rising Powers: Past, Present and Future (Cambridge University Press, 2016), Status in World Politics(Cambridge University Press, 2014), The Warrior State: Pakistan in the Contemporary World(Oxford University Press, 2014), International Relations Theory and Regional Transformation (Cambridge University Press, 2012),Globalization and the National Security State (Oxford University Press, 2010), Complex Deterrence: Strategy in the Global Age (University of Chicago Press, 2009), The Tradition of Non-use of Nuclear Weapons (Stanford University Press, 2009), The India-Pakistan Conflict: An Enduring Rivalry (Cambridge University Press, 2005), India in the World Order: Searching For Major Power Status (Cambridge University Press, 2003), Power versus Prudence: Why Nations Forgo Nuclear Weapons (McGill-Queens’ University Press, 2000), and Asymmetric Conflicts: War Initiation by Weaker Powers (Cambridge University Press, 1994).

ISA President, 2016-2017

T. V. Paul | President
McGill University
March 2016 - February 2017

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