Anies Baswedan

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Anies Baswedan (Dec. 2009)Anies Rasyid Baswedan, Ph.D., (born in Indonesia, May 7, 1969) is the current President of Paramadina University in Jakarta, Indonesia. He is the initiator and chairman of Indonesia Mengajar (Teaching Indonesia).

As a student, he was actively involved in the Indonesian student movements during Suharto’s authoritarian regime. He is known as one of the few Indonesian student leaders from the early 1990s movements to win a Fulbright scholarship and study abroad for graduate school. He is now a prominent political analyst and highly respected young leader in Indonesia. He is also known as one of Indonesia’s youngest university presidents.

US magazine Foreign Policy named him as one of the top 100 public intellectuals in the world in May 2008 [1] and the World Economic Forum included him in the 2009 Young Global Leaders. In April 2010, the Japanese magazine Foresight, a Tokyo based international affairs magazine,[2] published a special report entitled: 20 Persons 20 Years. This report lists 20 persons (from all continents) to be watched in the next 20 years, Baswedan is included in that list along with names such as Vladimir Putin (Russia), David Milliband (UK), Hugo Chavez (Venezuela), and Rahul Gandhi (India). He is the only person from Southeast Asia included in this list. In July 2010, the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in Jordan listed him in the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the world. In November 2010, PASIAD of Turkey granted Baswedan the PASIAN Education Award for his roles in advancing education in rural areas of Indonesia.

In June 2009, Baswedan was elected to serve as moderator for the first presidential debate ever conducted in Indonesia; a historic event, broadcast live by all national TV networks. No less than 100 million people watched the debate. He is also known as a member of the Team of Eight, appointed by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to investigate the criminal charges against two commissioners of the Corruption Eradication Commission brought by the Indonesian Police. The case had wide media coverage for weeks. More than one million facebookers marched for the support of the two commissioners. Baswedan was elected by the Team to be the spokesperson. His systematic, eloquent and diplomatic remarks during the continuous press conferences at the times of crisis had helped to clarify facts and reduce political tension.

Baswedan is not affiliated with any political parties or groups. He accepted the invitation to participate as one of the 45 declarators in the launching of a new organization called Nasional Demokrat. The 45 declarators were coming from various professional backgrounds. Baswedan declined to join the organization. Baswedan’s stance is identical with Syafii Ma’arif (former Chairman of Muhammadiyah), Rizal Sukma (Executive Director of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (Indonesia)), dan Eep Saefullah Fatah (Executive Director of PollMark). They welcome the invitation to participate as declarators but all of them declined to be active in the group. Baswedan continues to remain non-partisan although many political observers had already named him as a potential candidate for the national leadership and many Indonesia political groups were keen to have Baswedan joins their parties. In December 2011, Baswedan was appointed by President Yudhoyono to serve member of the team to select candidates for the leadership of the National Election Committee.

Baswedan holds a Doctorate in Philosophy from Northern Illinois University, a masters degree in Public Policy from University of Maryland School of Public Policy, College Park, and a degree in Business Management from Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He has received several distinguished awards such as the 2010 Yasuhiro Nakasone Awards, the 50 Distinguished NIU Alumni Awards, The Bina Antar Budaya Award (AFS Indonesia) the Fulbright Scholarship, the 2004 Gerald Maryanov Fellow from Northern Illinois University, Indonesian Cultural Foundation Scholarship in New York and William P. Cole III Fellowship from the University of Maryland. He was also awarded the JAL Scholarship to attend Summer Session of Asian Studies at Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan when he was a student at Gadjah Mada University.

Baswedan’s publications include “Political Islam in Indonesia: Present and Future Trajectory,” Asian Survey, a Bimonthly Review of Contemporary Asian Affairs published by University of California, Berkeley, Indonesian Politics in 2007: The Presidency, Local Elections and The Future of Democracy published by BIES, Australian National University and numerous op-ed articles in leading newspapers and magazines in Indonesia.

He is married and lives in Jakarta. His grandfather, AR Baswedan, was a Minister of Information during the revolution and one of the founding fathers of Indonesia.

[edit] References1.^ Foreign Policy: Top 100 Intellectuals
2.^ Foresight – International Affairs Monthly Magazine
[edit] External links(English) TV Interview: BBC London Live Interview (March 10, 2010)
(Indonesian) Anies dan Eep Refused to Join Nasional Demokrat (February 18, 2010)
(Indonesian) Save Our Nation – Web TV
(English) Anies Baswedan – Jakarta Post Interview (May 8, 2008)
(English) Jakarta Post Interview: Schools must serve as conduits for greater things. (October 5, 2009)
(English) Leadership is as important as GPA
(English) Jakarta Post: Paramadina University Fellowship Program (October 6,2009)
(English) Young Intellectual with International Acknowledgement
(English) The 2009 YOUNG GLOBAL LEADERS by The World Economic Forum
(English) Tempo Magazine Interview: Islamic moderates should also be militant
(English) Campus Asia Interview: Visionary Educator
(Indonesian) Profile/Interview in Republika Daily Newspaper on Education
(English) Anies Baswedan on CNBC Live Interview
(English) Clash of civilisations or calculation of interests: an interview with Anies Baswedan
(English) Anies Baswedan on ABC Radio Australia Interview
(Indonesian) Profile/Interview in Kompas Daily Newspaper
(Indonesian) Testimonial: Student Journalist
(Indonesian) Testimonial: Student Demonstration at Gadjah Mada University
(Indonesian) Testimonial Friend from Kindergarten
(Indonesian) Suara Pembaruan: Anies Baswedan’s Profile
(English) Anies Baswedan’s Letter on Special Registration
(Indonesian) Anies Baswedan on Koesnadi Hardjasoemantri, former Presiden of Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
(Indonesian) Anies Baswedan’s Short Story on Violence in Aceh and Afghanistan
(Indonesian) Anies Baswedan’s OpEd on Democracy and Football
(English) Anies Baswedan’s Journal Article in Bulletion of Indonesian Economic Study
(English) Anies Baswedan’s Journal Article in Asian Survey, UC Berkeley
(Indonesian) Anies Baswedan’s OpEd on Muslim Minority vs Majority
(Indonesian) Anies Baswedan’s OpEd on Special Registration in the US
(Indonesian) Anies Baswedan’s essay on Paradigm ini Analysing Terrorism
(Indonesian) Interview in Suara Merdeka Daily Newspaper
(Indonesian) Anies Baswedan’s Brief Bio in Suara Merdeka Daily Newspaper


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