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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University April 4, 2005 | Vol. 34 No. 28
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."

The SAIS 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 democratic governance.

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 to or 202-663-5837.


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