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.

In the Media

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  • Analysis: New focus on how Pakistan will address militancy

    December 18, 2014

    Associated Press Adil Najam, College of Arts & Sciences Many wonder if the attack that killed 148 people at a Pakistani school will be a watershed in the country’s long, conflicted history with Islamic militancy… Expert quote: “If you look back I cannot even remember how many times one has held one’s head in disgust […]

  • A Deadly Taliban Attack On A Pakistani School

    December 18, 2014

    NPR “On Point” Adil Najam, College of Arts & Sciences The Taliban take responsibility for killing more than 100 Pakistani schoolchildren.  We ask why there, why now… Listen to audio of expert Adil Najam

  • Nobel Peace Prize Awards Honor ‘Dignity Of The Child’

    October 10, 2014

    NPR “All Things Considered” Adil Najam, College of Arts & Sciences Listen to audio of expert Adil Najam

  • Pakistan needs political will in face of climate threats – experts

    September 5, 2014

    Thomson Reuters Foundation Adil Najam, College of Arts & Sciences Pakistan’s vulnerability to climate change is being made worse by poor governance and the degradation of its natural resources, jeopardising the food security, health and livelihoods of its poorest citizens, climate change experts claim… Expert quote: “Poverty is a crucial factor in assessing vulnerability … […]

  • Adil Najam: Pakistan’s Security Problems Distract From Climate Vulnerabilities

    June 18, 2014

    New Security Beat Adil Najam, College of Arts & Sciences When Pakistan makes the news, more often than not it’s for one of two things: violent extremism or drone strikes. Adil Najam, a Pakistan expert and a lead author for the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, says those headlines distract from a far more pressing security concern […]

  • Karachi airport attack signals alarming tactical shift by Taliban

    June 12, 2014

    Reuters Adil Najam, College of Arts & Sciences It was the shoes that betrayed Corporal Faiz Mohammad’s would-be killers. When 10 Taliban militants attacked Pakistan’s busiest airport on Sunday night, sparking a five-hour gun battle that killed at least 34 people, Mohammad and his fellow officers from the Airports Security Force (ASF) were the first line […]

  • A Bold Counterpunch Shows Taliban’s Lasting Strength

    June 9, 2014

    New York Times Adil Najam, College of Arts & Sciences Only weeks ago, the Pakistani Taliban appeared to be on the ropes. Violent rivalries split the insurgency in two. Peace talks with the government collapsed. Military jets pounded militant hide-outs in the tribal belt… Expert quote: “This marks an escalation of the war. And it […]

  • Gunfire in Karachi, Stocks Drop on Report of Politician’s Arrest

    June 4, 2014

    Bloomberg Adil Najam, College of Arts & Sciences Shops closed and public buses stopped operating in Pakistan’s biggest city a day after U.K. police questioned Karachi’s most powerful political figure as part of a money-laundering investigation… Expert quote: “I would expect massive unrest, violence and protests and the city coming to a standstill. A Karachi out of control […]

  • Conference on climate change

    May 31, 2014

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  • Education innovation

    April 12, 2014

    The News International By Adil Najam, College of Arts & Sciences First, the good news about education in Pakistan. It is no longer necessary to convince parents that education is important. There is real demand – mostly unmet – for education in Pakistan. Especially for good education. Including by households that have been denied access […]

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