Adil Najam

Professor, International Relations and Earth & Environment
Dean, Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies

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BS, University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore
MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering, MS in Technology and Policy, and PhD in International Environmental Policy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Adil Najam served as a Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), work for which the IPCC was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize along with Al Gore. In 2009, Najam was appointed to serve on the UN Committee for Development Policy, a 24-member panel that advises the UN Economic and Social… Read more

Adil Najam served as a Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), work for which the IPCC was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize along with Al Gore. In 2009, Najam was appointed to serve on the UN Committee for Development Policy, a 24-member panel that advises the UN Economic and Social Council. In the fall of 2014, he will serve as the inaugural dean of the new Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies.

In addition to Boston University, Najam has taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of Massachusetts, and at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. He has written over 100 scholarly papers and book chapters and serves on the editorial boards of many scholarly journals. He is a past winner of MIT’s Goodwin Medal for Effective Teaching, the Fletcher School Paddock Teaching Award, the Stein Rokan Award of the International Political Science Association, the ARNOVA Emerging Scholar Award, and the Pakistan Television Medal for Outstanding Achievement. Najam is frequently interviewed by and writes for the popular media and is the founding editor of the blog Pakistaniat.com.

Najam is an expert in international diplomacy and development. His research interests include sustainable development, Muslim and South Asian politics, environmental politics in developing countries, and philanthropy among immigrant communities in the United States. Much of his work has focused on longer-term global policy problems, especially those related to human well-being and sustainable development. He contributed to Pakistan’s first environmental policy document, as well as to that country’s report to the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, has worked closely with governments and civil society in both industrialized and developing countries, and regularly collaborates with the United Nations. Najam is a Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), a Visiting Fellow at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), and serves on the Boards of the Pakistan Institute for Environment-Development Action Research (PIEDAR) and the Center for Global Studies at the University of Victoria, Canada.

Najam’s recent books include: Pakistanis in America: Portrait of a Giving Community (2006); Trade and Environment Negotiations: A Resource Book (2006); Envisioning a Sustainable Development Agenda for Trade and Environment (2006); Environment, Development and Human Security: Perspectives from South Asia (2003); and Civic Entrepreneurship (2002). He serves on the editorial boards of various scholarly publications including: Global Governance, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector QuarterlyThe Journal of Ecological EconomicsYearbook of International Co-operation on Environment and DevelopmentAnnual Editions: Environment; and The Encyclopedia of Earth.

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  • CPEC and the environment: good, bad or ugly?

    July 2, 2017

    Express Tribune quoting Adil Najam, Pardee School of Global Studies/ College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences “Mohammad Saleem and Badar Din have never heard of CPEC but they see plenty of Chinese people around…” Expert quote: “If we do that, I think the overall impact can be economically and environmentally beneficial.” View full […]

  • U.K. Authorities Identify Suspects In London Attack

    June 6, 2017

    WBUR interviewing Adil Najam, Pardee School of Global Studies/ College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences “U.K. authorities have identified two suspects in the London terrorist attack that killed seven people over the weekend: Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane…” Listen to full interview.   

  • Trump aisla a EEUU e irrita al mundo al retirarse del Acuerdo de París

    June 2, 2017

    El Confidencial quoting Adil Najam, Pardee School of Global Studies/ College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences “El presidente de EEUU, Donald Trump, renunció hoy a liderar la lucha global contra el cambio climático e irritó a sus aliados al anunciar su retirada del Acuerdo de París, una decisión que no destruirá el pacto […]

  • Kim Jong Un’s ‘game of chicken’

    May 30, 2017

    Boston Herald quoting Adil Najam, Pardee School of Global Studies/ College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences “The Pentagon will test its anti-missile system over the Pacific today just a day after North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile, as tensions escalated even further in the ongoing global hotspot…” Expert quote: “This is playing […]

  • Political minefield: Military strike a dilemma for Dems

    April 11, 2017

    Boston Herald Adil Najam, Pardee School of Global Studies “The U.S. military strike against Syria last night, along with the growing threat from North Korea, presents Democrats with a difficult political dilemma this morning — continue their vowed resistance of the Trump administration at every turn or rally behind the White House in the name […]

  • The New World Disorder

    March 15, 2017

    News Line By Adil Najam, College of Arts and Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies The problem with history is that it just keeps happening. Most of the time, it happens and few take notice… View full article  

  • Colleges fear long-term effects of Trump’s immigration orders

    January 31, 2017

    Metro Adil Najam, Pardee School of Global Studies It didn’t take long after President Donald Trump announced a temporary ban on certain immigrants that universities across the country began speaking out… Expert Quote: “Out of 350 Americans to have received a Nobel prize in research, more than 100 have been immigrants,” View full article  

  • Trump talk with Taiwan prez tests Far East diplomacy

    December 6, 2016

    Boston Herald Adil Najam, Pardee School/College of Arts & Sciences President-elect Donald Trump spoke with the leader of Taiwan, marking the first time in more than three decades the two heads of state have directly talked — a move sure to infuriate and provoke China in the latest display of his disruptive governing style, analysts […]

  • What could the rest of the world do if Trump pulls the US out of the Paris Agreement on climate change?

    November 14, 2016

    The Conversation By Adil Najam & Henrik Selin “Climate change negotiators from around the world – now meeting at the COP22 conference in Marrakech, Morocco – continue steadfastly with the task of putting meaning and action into the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement to bring down global greenhouse gas emissions…” View full article

  • Global climate talks move to Marrakesh: Here’s what they need to achieve

    November 3, 2016

    The Conversation Adil Najam & Henrik Selin “Even though evidence on an ever-worsening global climate keeps pouring in with alarming frequency, the last 12 months have, in fact, been a relatively good year for global climate policy…” View full article

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