Najam Explores Impact of Climate Change on the Practice of International Relations

On April 29, 2022, Adil Najam, Dean of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, spoke at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York about climate change and how the advent of the “Age of Adaptation” is changing frameworks and practice of international relations.

Najam spoke alongside a panel of fellow experts including Kilaparti Ramakrishna, Senior advisor to the President and Director on Ocean and Climate Policy at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI); Judith Shapiro, Director of the Masters in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development for the School of International Service at American University; and Sherri Goodman, Senior Fellow at the Willson Center’s Polar Institute and Environmental Change & Security Program. The event took place as part of CFR’s College and University Educators Workshop, which features expert briefings on global issues and discussion groups on best practices for teaching international affairs.

Speaking to a group of more than 75 educators from across the country, Najam argued that climate change has moved from the periphery to the center of international relations and foreign policy study in the span of just 25 years. He claimed that climate change is likely to remain a central issue commanding the attention of leaders at the highest level now that we are in the “Age of Adaptation.”

A recording of the event can be viewed below.

Adil Najam is a global public policy expert who also served as the Vice-Chancellor of the Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan. He 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). His research focuses on issues of global public policy, especially those related to global climate change, South Asia, Muslim countries, environment and development, and human development. Read more about Dean Najam on his faculty profile.