Don’t Kill the Prime Minister of Malaysia


For all of you 4E readers who can’t get enough of foreign affairs, government and interesting people (so… everyone), Lecture Fund is having their first event tomorrow night featuring Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Najib Razak! Prime Minister Razak is here to discuss topics focused on the future of Asia, including international security and Malaysia’s position as the 2015 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) chairman.

Clearly, this will be a stellar event that is sure to provoke much discussion. But let’s look a little more closely at Prime Minister Razak, because there’s a lot you might not know about him — especially if you’ve been brainwashed by Mugatu. From what we hear/hope, no one is plotting to kill the prime minister of Malaysia at this event.

Anyway, here are the many faces of the real Razak. The prime minister attended the University of Nottingham in England, getting his bachelor’s degree in industrial economics.

Malaysian PM Razak listens to questions from reporters during a break in a plenary session on the second day of the ASEM summit in VientianeHe became the Malaysian Deputy Minister of Energy, Telecommunications and Post when he was just 25 years old. 
najib-tun-razakHe has also been Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Minister of Education and Minister of Defense.
NajibAs Minister of Defense, he worked to provide relief after the tsunami that affected the Indian Ocean region in 2004.  Malaysia-Prime-Minister-Najib-Abdul-RazakWhen he was Minister of Finance, he pushed through several stimulus packages in the 2008 financial emergency that affected many countries.

najibrazak22e In 2004, he became Deputy Prime Minister.najib-razak1In 2008, he announced the 1Malaysia campaign, a movement meant to inspire Malaysian unity and a more efficient government.NajibRazakFront-621x310The eight values of 1Malaysia are perseverance, loyalty, a culture of excellence, education, acceptance, meritocracy, integrity and humility.
najib-razak-july28 On April 3, 2009, he became Prime Minister. Fun fact: Razak likes to Power Point.najib-razak-rosmah-mansor-2011-6-18-23-50-8 His main goals upon entering office were to find solutions for the Malaysian economic problems and to push for political reform.najib-razak-rosmah-mansor-2011-6-18-23-40-45Within one day of being Prime Minister, he removed bans on newspapers from the opposition, and released several people from prison under the criticized Internal Security Act. He’s also quite a card. 

He has met with President Obama once, in 2010, when they discussed nuclear weapon proliferation and global security. NajibRazakAndRosmah-621x309

If you’re interested in seeing Prime Minister Razak speak, doors will open in Gaston Hall at 4:30 and close at 5:30 tomorrow. After his speech there will be a conversation with Marc Mealy of the US-ASEAN Business Council, as well as a Q&A with audience members.

Definitely check out the event, and bring your Magnum/a yo-yo in case you need to save the prime minister of Malaysia. We don’t want to have to write a eugoogoly.

The Many Faces of Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth WarrenTonight, President Jack DeGioia and the McCourt School of Public Policy will host the Honorable Elizabeth Warren in Gaston Hall. (Hillary and Elizabeth in one week?! I know, I can’t believe it either.) Warren’s talk, entitled “Collateral Damage, National Interests and the Lessons of a Decade of Conflict,” is a part of Georgetown’s annual Whittington Lecture.

Senator Warren (D-Mass.) is one of the leading ladies in U.S. politics. Known for her hardball attitude, Warren consistently makes headlines for her willingness to take on the foremost issues facing the nation today. From the minimum wage to tax reform, Warren is not afraid to buckle down and make sure her voice is heard on the nation’s hottest topics. In order to prepare for Warren’s appearance in Gaston Hall, we at 4E have decided to take a look at many faces of Elizabeth Warren:

This is Elizabeth Warren.


After graduating from the University of Houston and Rutgers School of Law, Warren went on to teach as a professor of the law at many universities, including the University of Texas School of Law, University of Michigan and Harvard University.

At the University of Texas School of Law
Warren at the University of Texas School of Law

In 2012, Warren ran for Senator of Massachusetts and won with the largest percentage of votes in Massachusetts history. She is the first female Senator ever to serve from her state.

Photo Courtesy Tim Pierce

Since then, she’s been a powerhouse. She’s been known to battle bank regulators …


… and news anchors, too.


Warren has also previously called for raising the minimum wage to $22/hour.

elizabeth_warren_portrait.topShe serves on several Senate Committees, including the Special Committee on Aging; the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee and the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.


And even though she didn’t attend Georgetown …


… She’s still one of the coolest senators around!


So, to experience Elizabeth Warren in all of her coolness, head on over to Gaston Hall at 5 p.m. to get a good spot in line. When you get inside, don’t forget to caption that perfectly-filtered Instagram with #WarrenAtGU. This event is definitely something you won’t want to miss!