Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Stanford University

October 12, 2006 - CDDRL, FSI Stanford In the News

CDDRL brings Anwar Ibrahim to Stanford to speak on democracy and the Muslim world

Appeared in Stanford Daily, October 12, 2006

Named one of the "2006 Global Leadership 50" by the Eurasia Group (2006) and "Asian of the Year" by Newsweek magazine (1998), Anwar Ibrahim is one of the most popular and celebrated Southeast Asian leaders in the world today. The seven-year veteran Finance Minister and former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia has been long renowned worldwide for his political and economic leadership and insight.

Ibrahim's talk was one in a series of lectures addressing relationships with non-Western cultures. The series is sponsored by the Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL), the Southeast Asia Forum at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, and the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies.

CDDRL director Michael McFaul introduced Ibrahim by noting that "there's not a topic that I think we need to pay more attention to as a country, and there's also not a topic that we're more ignorant about today." McFaul also recognized that "issues pertaining to Islam and the West will be primary concerns" in Stanford's new International Initiative, which is aimed at making the university a hub for global problem-solving.

"We don't have enough faculty on campus to discuss these issues," McFaul said told the Stanford Daily after the event. "Speakers like this are great to fill in the gaps. Hopefully, 10 years from now we'll have dozens of faculty that can speak to [these concerns]."

As an experienced and visionary statesman, Ibrahim speaks internationally on issues of accountability and governance, economic empowerment and inter-civilizational understanding. His many decades of demonstrated personal integrity and acumen have earned him the respect and ongoing friendship of some of the most impactful political and business leaders in the world today.

Ibrahim is currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Since 2004 he has also held lecturing positions at St. Anthony's College at Oxford and the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Ibrahim is a consultant to the World Bank in the areas of governance and accountability and was recently appointed Honorary President of the London-based group AccountAbility.

Topics: Business | Democracy | Democracy in Southeast Asia | Democracy in the Arab world | Governance | Islam | Rule of law and corruption | World Bank | Asia-Pacific | Malaysia