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Jakarta Post

Anies R. Baswedan: Young nationalist with a global view

  • A. Junaidi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, May 8 2008   /  11:03 am

Anies Baswedan could well be unaware of just how many people he has wowed, including, on two occasions, his aides. The first occasion came when he was selected rector of Paramadina University last year, replacing legendary Muslim scholar and founder, the late Nurcholis Madjid. The appointment made Anies, born in Kuningan, West Java, on May 7, 1969, the youngest university rector in the country. A second wave of admiration poured over him when the prestigious U.S-based Foreign Policy magazine included Anies in its list of 100 world public intellectuals in its May-June edition. Anies, who received his PhD from Northern Illinois University, the U.S., was placed among global pundits, including Samuel Huntington, Francis Fukuyama and Nobel laureates Al Gore and Muhammad Yunus. In its website, the magazine, published in Washington by the Carnegie End...