Awards & Recognition

Political Science Alumnus Anies Baswedan Named One of the Top 100 Public Intellectuals Worldwide

May 2008

Anies Baswedan

Anies Baswedan (Ph.D., Political Science, 2007) was named to FOREIGN POLICY Magazine's 2008 list of the 100 Top Public Intellectuals worldwide. Individuals are chosen based on their distinction within their particular professional fields as well as an ability to influence wider debate, often far beyond the borders of their own countries.

Impressively, FOREIGN POLICY's 2008 list (published in the May/June issue) includes the following notables: Pope Benedict XVI, Noam Chomsky, Niall Ferguson, Thomas Friedman, Francis Fukuyama, Drew Gilpin, Al Gore, Jurgen Habermas, Vaclav Havel, Samuel Huntington, Gary Kasparov, Lee Kuan Yew, David Petraeus, Richard Posner, Samantha Power, Robert Putnam, Salman Rushdie, Jeffrey Sachs, Amartya Sen, Lawrence Summers, Muhammad Yunus, and Fareed Zakaria.

The caption under Anies' listing reads, "University President, political analyst," "currently president of Paramadina University in Jakarta and a noted researcher, Baswedan played a leading role in the student movements that helped oust Indonesian dictator Suharto."

"Founded in 1970 by Samuel Huntington and Warren Demian Manshel, and now published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C., FOREIGN POLICY is the premier, award-winning magazine of global politics, economics, and ideas. [Its] mission is to explain how the world works—in particular, how the process of globalization is reshaping nations, institutions, cultures, and, more fundamentally, people's daily lives. The magazine’s readers include some of the most influential leaders in business, government, and other professional arenas throughout the United States and more than 160 other countries. In addition to [its] flagship English-language edition and award-winning Website,, FP is also published in Arabic, Bulgarian, French, Japanese, Portuguese, Korean, and Spanish."

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