Former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia Joins SAIS,
Gives First U.S. Public Address
Presenting his first public address in the United
States, Anwar Ibrahim, former deputy prime minister of
Malaysia, will speak at
SAIS at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5. Anwar's talk is
titled "Reflections: The Asian Economic Crisis and
Political Transitions in Southeast Asia."
Foreign Policy Institute last week appointed Anwar as a
distinguished senior visiting fellow.
Anwar was recently released from prison in Malaysia
after serving six years on charges of corruption and
sodomy; he won his appeal on the sodomy charges in
September 2004. His arrest in 1998 was a defining moment in
contemporary Malaysian politics.
After a record of student activism at the University
of Malaya, Anwar entered politics in the 1970s, joining the
ruling United Malays National Organization in 1982. He
served as minister of youth, culture and sports; minister
of education; and minister of finance. In 1997 he published
Asian Renaissance and emerged as a strong advocate for
civil society, economic liberalization, moderate Islam and
As a distinguished senior visiting fellow, Anwar will
present seminars on contemporary Southeast Asian politics,
economic reform, Islam and democracy and, in general, join
in SAIS activities. He is currently working on his prison
diaries, to be published later this year, and a project
examining democratization in the Muslim world. He also will
counsel students who wish to learn more about Southeast
Asia and the Muslim world.
The event will be held in the Kenney Auditorium of the
Nitze Building. To attend, non-SAIS affiliates should RSVP
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