St Anthony's College, Oxford
St Antony's College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England.
St Antony's is the most international of the seven graduate colleges of the University of Oxford, specialising in international relations, economics, politics, and history of particular parts of the world — Europe, Russia and the former Soviet states, the Middle East, Africa, Japan, China, South and South East Asia, and Latin America.
St Antony's was founded in 1950 as the result of the gift of Antonin Besse of Aden, a merchant of French descent. Its role was "to be a centre of advanced study and research in the fields of modern international history, philosophy, economics and politics and to provide an international centre within the University where graduate students from all over the world can live and work together in close contact with senior members of the University who are specialists in their fields".
The College first admitted students in Michaelmas term 1950 and received Royal Charter in 1953. A Supplementary Charter in 1962 was granted to allow the College to admit women as well as men and in 1963 the College was made a full member of the University.
The first Warden of the College was Sir William Deakin (1950–1968), a young Oxford academic who in the Second World War became an adventurous soldier and aide to Winston Churchill. He won Antonin Besse's confidence and played the key role in turning his vision into the centre of excellence that St Antony's has become. Sir Raymond Carr (1968–1987), a distinguished historian of Spain, expanded the College and its regional coverage and opened its doors to visiting scholars from all over the world.
Sir Ralf Dahrendorf (later Lord) (1987–1997) came to St Antony's after a career as a social theorist, policy adviser and politician in Germany, a European Commissioner and Director of the London School of Economics. He further enlarged the College and developed its role as a source of policy advice. The previous Warden, Sir Marrack Goulding (1997–2006), served in the British Diplomatic Service for 26 years before becoming an Under Secretary-General at the United Nations. His appointment underlined the international nature of the College and its links with government and business. In July 2007 the fifth Warden of the College, Margaret MacMillan took up her position.
Currently, the College is home to several well known Fellows, including:
- Archie Brown, famous historian of the end of the Cold War and author of The Gorbachev Factor
- Timothy Garton Ash, respected journalist and author on European matters
- Robert Service (historian), noted historian of the USSR and biographer of Lenin and Stalin
Notable former students
- Anne Applebaum (Washington Post journalist, Pulitzer prize winner)
- Colin Bundy (Warden, Green College; formerly Director and Principal, School of Oriental and African Studies and Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of London; and previously Vice Chancellor and Principal, University of the Witwatersrand)
- Suranjan Das, Formerly Pro-Vice Chancellor, and presently Vice Chancellor, Univerisity of Calcutta
- David Dilks (British historian)
- Thomas Friedman (New York Times columnist, Pulitzer prize winner)
- Austen Ivereigh (DPhil 1989-93, former Director of Public Affairs to the Archbishop of Westminster)
- Ian Goldin (Director of The James Martin 21st Century School, Oxford, 2006-present; Vice President of The World Bank 2003-2006)
- Richard Haass (former Director of Policy Planning for the US Department of State)
- David A. Harris Executive Director (American Jewish Committee)
- Gary Hart (U.S. Senator, 1974–1987)
- Richard J. Evans (Professor of European History, University of Cambridge)
- Henrietta Harrison (Professor of History, Harvard University)
- Charles King (Professor of International Affairs, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University)
- Elisabeth Köll (Associate Professor of Modern Chinese History, Case Western Reserve University and Visiting Associate Professor, Harvard Business School)
- Bridget Kendall (BBC diplomatic correspondent)
- Paul Kennedy (Professor of British History, Yale University)
- Rashid Khalidi (Middle East history professor)
- Gavin Kitching (International relations professor)
- Ibrahim al-Marashi (history professor, St. Antony's doctoral thesis plagiarized by the Tony Blair government)
- Timothy Laurence (husband of Princess Anne, and Royal Navy admiral)
- Hasan Bülent Paksoy (Historian)
- Olli Rehn (Enlargement Commissioner at the European Commission)
- Ray Takeyh Middle East scholar and Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations
- Álvaro Uribe Velez (President of Colombia, 2002–Present)
- Dov S. Zakheim (U.S. Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and Chief Financial Officer)
- Oxford College Endowment Incomes, 1973-2006 (updated July 2007)