Michael Ignatieff

Canada, 1947

Michael Ignatieff is one of the most well-known public intellectuals of our time who, both as a journalist and a politician, strives to bring the facts of reality to light. As an author, Ignatieff is known for his reflections on nationalism, ethnic consciousness and human rights, and their role in international conflicts. His books include important studies such as Human Rights as Politics and Idolatry (2001), The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror (2004) and Fire and Ashes: Success and Failure in Politics (2013). Ignatieff previously taught at the University of Toronto and Harvard. Currently, he is the Centennial Chair at the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs in New York and President and Rector of the Central European University in Budapest.