Najam Participates in Panel on Climate Change and the Nation State

Adil NajamDean of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, participated in a panel discussion on the book Climate Change and the Nation State: The Case for Nationalism in a Warming World. The panel, organized by Afkar e Taza ThinkFest, featured the books author Anatol Lieven, Professor at Georgetown University, and was moderated by Salman Akram Raja, an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

The conversation centered on the content of the new book, which argues that the only way to generate sufficient support for rapid and radical action to limit climate change is to present it as a mortal threat to the interests and the long-term survival of nation states.

During his remarks, Najam discussed the evolution of climate policy, especially as it pertains to developing countries. He argued that countries need to make their national climate interests a foremost concern, but pointed out that developing countries have very low confidence in major global powers to deliver on their climate promises. Najam went on to say that the national climate interests of developing countries differ from those of developed countries as they have to contend with more timely consequences of climate change such as water access, heat waves, loss of livelihood, and poverty.

A recording of the event can be found here or viewed below.

Adil Najam is the Inaugural Dean of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University and was the former Vice Chancellor of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). Currently, he is hosting a video expert interview series called #WorldAfterCorona for the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future. Read more about him here.