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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  • North Korea out to ‘test limits’ with missiles

    August 31, 2017

    Boston Herald quoting Adil Najam, Pardee School of Global Studies “North Korea’s rogue dictator’s brazen missile launch over Japan Monday was an attempt to “test the limits,” according to one local expert, who noted follow-up threats of more tests in “a meaningful prelude to containing Guam” has the Trump administration wrestling with an appropriate response…” […]

  • Trump triggers new ‘Great Game’ in South Asia

    August 29, 2017

    The Hill by Adil Najam, Pardee School of Global Studies “Speaking at Fort Myer last week, the president promised that ‘American strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia will change dramatically.’…” View full article. 

  • How a British royal’s monumental errors made India’s partition more painful

    August 15, 2017

    The Conversation by Adil Najam, Pardee School of  Global Studies/College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences “The midnight between August 14 and 15, 1947, was one of history’s truly momentous moments: It marked the birth of Pakistan, an independent India and the beginning of the end of an era of colonialism…” View full article.   

  • Donald Trump vows ‘fire and fury’ as war of words escalate

    August 9, 2017

    Boston Herald quoting Adil Najam, Pardee School of Global Studies/ College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences “President Trump vowed to deliver “fire and fury like the world has never seen” to North Korea if it threatens the United States — but just hours later, the rogue nation announced plans for a pre-emptive strike […]

  • The cost of going nuclear

    August 6, 2017

    The News on Sunday quoting Adil Najam, Pardee School of Global Studies/ College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences “A series of groundbreaking ceremonies were lined up for the former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif…” Expert quote: “Japan has shown that even the best managed plants are not immune to natural disasters.” View full article.

  • Pakistan, Ousting Leader, Dashes Hopes for Fuller Democracy

    July 28, 2017

    New York Times quoting Adil Najam, Pardee School of Global Studies/ College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences “Pakistan’s latest ouster of an elected leader looks, at least on the surface, refreshingly democratic…” Expert quote: “The clause under which he was removed essentially means all of Pakistan is ineligible.” View full article.   

  • 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 […]

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