A Conversation with Stephen Schwarzman

Sometimes potential takes a while to get noticed. It certainly appears to be the case with Schwarzman Scholars, a graduate scholarship aimed at strengthening ties between East and West. When I first wrote about Schwarzman Scholars for the St Andrews Foreign Affairs Review in October 2013, I was struck by the general paucity of media coverage attending its early progress. And it was a most curious thing. Both the scheme and its namesake, Stephen A. Schwarzman, are not exactly subjects that deserve glossing over. With a stated ambition of becoming the Rhodes of the twenty-first century, Schwarzman Scholars is a timely and forward-thinking initiative, launched by one of the world’s most high-profile business magnates.

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