Exchange Student Scholarship in 1967. He went on to graduate cum laude in political science from
Claremont Men's College in 1972.
Surin later won a Rockefeller Fellowship to pursue his graduate studies at Harvard University. He spent one
and a half years studying Arabic and researching Islamic philosophy and jurisprudence at the American
University in Cairo, Egypt, returning to Harvard to complete his Ph.D. in 1982.
Upon his return to Bangkok, Thailand, Surin taught at Thammasart University and worked as a columnist
for the two English daily newspapers, the Nation Review and the Bangkok Post.
Surin joined the Democrat Party in 1986 and won a Parliamentary seat from his native province, which he
has kept during the past six general elections. In 1997 Surin was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs,
culminating his distinguished career in government service.
Again, the CMC community is fortunate to hear about the Asian economy from an expert and a political
insider. Please join the Athenaeum in welcoming this distinguished alumnus back to Claremont.