Dean Najam discusses his longstanding proclamation that the world is living in the “Age of Adaptation,” how the change in climate diplomacy requires a focus on development and the impacts of climate change, and the failures of multilateralism in addressing the climate and COVID crises.
Professors Robert Hefner and Mark Storella both bring important leadership experience and a passion for the regions they work in; in these roles, they will continue the tradition of Asia and Africa-focused scholarship and Boston University and further enhance the great reputations that both of these Centers enjoy.
Dean Najam argues that the delegates at the 50th-anniversary conference will be judged by the promises made in international environmental governance in the last 50 years, especially those that relate to environmental justice as exemplified in concepts such as the polluter pays principles.
Dean Najam argues that maintaining a focus on the great global challenges of our times, such as sustainable development and conservation, is even more important when these ideas are begin challenged by other geopolitical forces.
While there is care that needs to be exercised in creating a safe space for difficult conversations to be had in the classroom, Dean Najam argued that it is part of our teaching responsibility to enable these conversations to happen in a manner that is civil and conceptually robust.
The Adil Najam Prize and Fellowship for Advancing the Public Understanding of Global Affairs is to be awarded annually at the Pardee School Convocation to a faculty member for excellence as a global public scholar and for advancing the public understanding of any international policy issue of major importance in world affairs.
As Dean Najam argued at CFRs College and University Educators Workshop, climate change has moved from the periphery to the center of international relations and foreign policy study in the span of just 25 years.
Dean Najam argued that the divided country desperately needs a narrative of healing; however, none seems to be available at this time.
In commemoration of the bicentennial of diplomatic relations between Colombia and the U.S., Ambassador Pinzón spoke about the history of the countries’ binational relationship, their partnership, and the political challenges that both countries face.
Dean Najam finds that the older diaspora tend to have direct connections to these people and give to them rather than donate through organizations; however, younger generations tend to favor institutional giving.
“A country where the many wounds of division were already deep and deeply felt has now become even more divided with new lines of polarizations having emerged.”
Dean Najam argues that April 9, 2022, in Pakistan – the day in which Prime Minister Imran Khan was ousted in a no-confidence vote – is akin to the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot in the United States in that it signifies a fundamental sea change in political conduct and the impacts are going to be pervasive and long-term.
“This rhetoric of extreme personal attack, visceral hatred for the other and both sides calling each other traitors is going to define the structure of politics for many months and years to come.”
Dean Najam discusses the importance of putting citizens at the center of national security considerations, noting that it is important to remember that not all issues of human development are issues of human security.
Echoing his keynote at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Dean Najam outlines global fundamental changes that are happening in five key areas: global power, climate change, the nature of work, intelligence and information, as well as democracy.
In his remarks, Dean Najam suggests that the world is experiencing multiple fundamental and structural shifts in the areas of global power, climate, the nature of work, information, and democracy.
The OIC meeting covered pressing issues including Afghanistan, Yemen, Islamaphobia, as well as the changing shape of geopolitics, the last of which Dean Najam says has led many countries to reevaluate their existing alliances.
Najam joined over 2,000 high-level diplomatic professionals – Heads of State and Governments, Ministers of Foreign Affairs, high-level representatives of international organizations, academics, and more – to address a wide range of topics in international relations under the overarching theme of “Recoding Diplomacy.”
“The new IPCC report is only one more piece in a series of evidence that highlights the fact that for a very large number of people climate change is a challenge that is here and now.”
In interviews with NEO TV, Geo News, Dawn News, and HUM News, Dean Najam talked about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the ensuring global fallout, and what this means for the world order.