Developing Our Future
By Karine Abalyan
The great problems of our time—like poverty, disease, and climate change—share a common thread, according to international relations and environment expert Adil Najam: they are interdisciplinary, global, and long-term. The challenge, he says, is to view these issues not as isolated studies in economics, medicine, science, or other fields, but to place them in the larger context of human well-being, and, thus, at the crossroads of multiple disciplines, places, and time frames.
“We are in the business of anticipating the trends, of looking at scenarios now that might affect the future.”