Famous Alumni

Politics and International Relations at Oxford has a long and distinguished history, which is reflected in the number of famous alumni from around the world who have studied here over the years.

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Riz Ahmed

British Pakistani musician and actor.

Danny Alexander

British Liberal Democrat politician.

Tariq Ali

British Pakistani commentator and activist.

Rushanara Ali

British Laobur politician.

Zeinab Badawi

BBC television and radio journalist.

Ed Balls

British Labour Politician.

Peter Beinart

US journalist and author.

Tony Benn

British Labour Party politician.

Isaiah Berlin

British social and political theorist.

Benazir Bhutto

Prime Minister of Pakistan (1988-90 & 1993-1996).

William J. Burns

US diplomat.

David Cameron

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (current).

John Chipman

Director-General and Chief Executive of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Wesley Clark

US Army General, Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO (1997-2000).

Bill Clinton

President of the United States (1992-2000).

Yvette Cooper

British Labour politician.

Edwina Currie

British Conservative politician.

Evan Davis

BBC journalist and presenter.

Christopher Dell

US diplomat.

David Dimbleby

BBC television presenter.

Michele Flournoy

Under Secretary of Defence for Policy.

Michael Foot

British Labour Party leader.

Malcolm Fraser

Prime Minister of Australia (1975-1983).

Peter Galbraith

US academic and diplomat.

Geoff Gallop

Australian academic and Labour politician.

Krishnan Guru-Murthy

Channel 4 television presenter and journalist.

Richard Haass

US diplomat and President of the Council on Foreign Relations.

William Hague

British Foreign Secretary.

Robert Hawke

Prime Minister of Australia (1983-91).

Edward Heath

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1970-74).

Christopher Hitchens

British-American journalist and author.

Chris Huhne

British Liberal Democrat politician.

Roy Jenkins

British Labour and Social Democratic Party politician.

Elena Kagan

United States Supreme Court Justice

Imran Khan

Pakistani politician and cricketer.

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski

Prime Minister of Peru (2005-06).

John Kufuor

President of the Republic of Ghana (2001-09)

Nigel Lawson

British Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Farooq Leghari

President of Pakistan (1993-97).

Rachel Maddow

US television host and political commentator.

Sujata Manohar

Judge of the Supreme Court of India (1994-99).

Michael McFaul

US academic and diplomat.

David Miliband

British Foreign Minister.

Ed Miliband

British Labour Party Leader.

Nadar Mousavizadeh

Chief Exectuvie Officer of Oxford Analytica.

Rupert Murdoch

Founder, Chairma and CEO of the News Corporation.

Tony Newton

British conservative politician.

Nicholas Oppenheimer

Chairman of the De Beers diamond mining company.

Brian Paddick

Deputy Assistant Commissioner, London Metropolitian Police (1976-2007).

Robert Peston

BBC journalist.

James Purnell

British Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

Bob Rae

Canadian lawyer, author and former politician. Premier of Ontario (1990-1995), Interim Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada (2011-2013).

Susan Rice

US diplomat.

Aung San Suu Kyi

General Secretary of the Burmese National League for Democracy.

Will Self

British novelist and commentator.

Vikram Seth

Indian poet and author.

Radoslaw Sikorski

Polish minister of Foreign Affairs.

Matias Spektor

Brazalian academic, author and commentator.

Harald V of Norway

King of Norway.

Abhisit Vejjajiva

Prime Minister of Thailand (2005-08).

Ann Widdecombe

British Conservative politician.

Shirley Williams

British Liberal Democrat politician.

Harold Wilson

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1964-70, 1974-76).

Mara Yamauchi

British Olympic athlete.

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