Dewi is a Research Professor at the Research Center for Politics at The Indonesian Institute of Sciences and served as the Deputy Secretary for Political Affairs to the Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia.
Dewi Fortuna Anwar straddles the world of academia, political activism and government. She is based as a Research Professor at the Research Center for Politics at The Indonesian Institute of Sciences (P2P-LIPI). Since October 2010, Dewi has served as the Deputy Secretary for Political Affairs to the Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia. She is also the Chairman of the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, The Habibie Center, a private think-tank based in Jakarta. Previously, Dewi was the Deputy Chairman for Social Sciences and Humanities at LIPI from 2001-2010 and served as Assistant Minister/State Secretary for Foreign Affairs during the Habibie administration (1998-99).
Dewi is currently a member of the Governing Board of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and the Advisory Board of the Institute for Peace and Democracy (IPD) of the Bali Democracy Forum. She served as a member of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission (WMDC) in 2004-2008, and a member of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters in 2008-2012.
She obtained her Phd from Monash University, Melbourne in 1990, while her M.A. and B.A. (Hons) were from SOAS, University of London in 1982 and 1981 respectively. Dewi has been a Visiting Fellow at CSEAS, Kyoto University, a Visiting Professor at SAIS, Johns Hopkins University and a Congressional Fellow at the US Congress. She has written widely on Indonesia’s foreign policy and democratization, as well as on ASEAN and regional political and security issues.