Lecture Series

Global Strategy Lecture Series, Summer 2013

Each summer, the Hertog Global Strategy Initiative brings renowned experts and policy makers to Columbia University to deliver weekly public lectures and work with students in the program. You can view photos and videos of past lectures below.

Full Lecture Series Schedule

May 30

  • Geoffrey Parker: “Climate and Crisis: War, Famine, and Empires in the 1590s”
    • Geoffrey Parker was born in Nottingham, England, in 1943 and holds BA, MA, Ph.D. and Litt.D. degrees from Cambridge University. He is Distinguished University Professor and Andreas Dorpalen Professor of European History at The Ohio State University and an Associate of its Mershon Center. His best-known book, The military revolution. Military innovation and the rise of the West 1500-1800 (Cambridge, 1988; revised edition 1996), won the “Best Book” award from the American Military Institute and the “Dexter Prize” from the Society for the History of Technology. In 2013, Yale University Press published Global Crisis war, climate change and catastrophe in the seventeenth century (902 pages), which examines the fatal synergy between climate change, on the one hand, and political, social and economic developments, on the other, that eliminated perhaps one-third of the global population between 1618 and the 1680s. In total, since 1970 he has written, edited or co-edited 37 books and published over 100 articles and book chapters, and almost 200 book reviews. He is currently at work on a biography of the Emperor Charles V (1500-58), based in part on previously unknown documents that he identified in the Library of the Hispanic Society of America. In 1984, Parker was elected a Fellow of the British Academy, the highest award open to scholars in the Humanities and Social Sciences in Britain; he is also a fellow of the Royal Hispanic-American Academy of Spain and of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences. In 1992, the King of Spain made him a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic in recognition of his work on Spanish history. He holds honorary degrees from the Vrije Universiteit, Brussels (1991), the Katholieke Universiteit Brussels (2005), and from the University of Burgos (2010). He has held both a John Simon Guggenheim and a Harry Frank Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2006 he won an Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching at The Ohio State University; in June 2007 he became a Distinguished University Professor, OSU’s highest honor for faculty; and in 2012 the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences awarded him the A. H. Heineken Prize for History.
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June 6

  • Climate Change and Global Governance: A Panel Discussion
  • Deborah Coen
    • Deborah Coen joined faculty of Barnard College as an Assistant Professor of History in 2006. In addition to teaching for the Department of History, Professor Coen is affiliated with Barnard’s Women’s Studies Program. Prior to coming to Barnard, Professor Coen was a Junior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows. Professor Coen has taught such courses as “Bodies and Machines, 1750-1939,” “History of Environmental Thinking,” “Gender and Knowledge in Modern History,” “Vienna and the Birth of the Modern,” and “Central Europe: Nations, Cultures, and Ideas.” Professor Coen’s research centers on the history of the physical and earth sciences and the cultural history of central Europe. Her current projects include The Earthquake Observers: Disaster Science, 1755-1935, and a history of imperial Austria as a laboratory for studies of the relationship between nature and culture.
  • Paul Edwards
  • James R. Fleming
    • Dr. James R. Fleming is a historian of science and technology and Professor of Science, Technology and Society at Colby College. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the American Meteorological Society (AMS), series editor of Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology, contributing author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and chair-elect of the AAAS Section on Societal Impacts of Science and Engineering. Dr. Fleming earned a B.S. in astronomy from Pennsylvania State University, an M.S. in atmospheric science from Colorado State University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Princeton University. He has held a number of major fellowships and lectureships, including the Charles A. Lindbergh Chair in Aerospace History at the Smithsonian Institution, the Roger Revelle Fellowship of the AAAS, the H. Burr Steinbach Lectureship at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, the Gordon Cain Conference Fellowship at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, a Woodrow Wilson Center policy scholarship, and a Scholar’s Award from the US National Science Foundation. Jim’s books include Meteorology in America, 1800-1870 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1990), Historical Perspectives on Climate Change (Oxford University Press, 1998), and Fixing the Sky: The checkered history of weather and climate control (Columbia University Press, 2010)—winner of the 2011 Sally Hacker Prize from the Society for the History of Technology and the Louis J. Battan Author’s Award from the AMS. He is writing a history of the “Emergence of Atmospheric Science,” editing a book on the history of “Toxic Airs,” and connecting the environmental humanities with the Anthropocene.
  • Mike Hulme
    • Mike Hulme is a Professor of Climate Change in the School of Environmental Sciences at UEA, and was the Founding Director (2000-2007) of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. He led (2006-2009) the EU Integrated Project ADAM: Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies, which comprised a 26-member European research consortium contributing research to inform the development of EU climate policy. He is founding Editor-in-Chief of the academic reviews journal Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews (WIREs) – Climate Change (2011 Impact Factor 2.9). His two most recent books are (2009) Why We Disagree About Climate Change and (edited with Henry Neufeldt) (2010) Making Climate Change Work For Us, both published by CUP. His next book Exploring Climate Change Through Science and In Society is due in 2013 with Routledge/Earthscan.He has prepared climate scenarios and reports for the UK Government (including the UKCIP98 and UKCIP02 scenarios), the European Commission, UNEP, UNDP, WWF-International and the IPCC.  He was co-ordinating Lead Author for the chapter on ‘Climate scenario development’ for the Third Assessment Report of the UN IPCC, as well as a contributing author for several other chapters.  Earlier in his career he worked on the evaluation of climate models, the development of global and national observational climate data sets, and climate change and desertification in Africa.  He has published over 120 peer-reviewed journal papers and over 35 book chapters on climate change topics, together with over 250 reports and popular articles. He has advised numerous government bodies, private companies and non-governmental organisations about climate change and its implications. He was jointly awarded the Hugh Robert Mill Medal in 1995 by the Royal Meteorological Society for work on global precipitation and he delivered the prestigious Queen’s Lecture in Berlin in 2005.  For 12 years, he wrote a monthly climate column for The Guardian newspaper.
  • Michael Levi
    • Michael A. Levi is the David M. Rubenstein senior fellow for energy and the environment at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and director of the CFR program on energy security and climate change. He is an expert on climate change, energy security, arms control, and nuclear terrorism. Before joining CFR, Dr. Levi was a nonresident science fellow and a science and technology fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution. Prior to that, he was director of the Federation of American Scientists’ Strategic Security Project. Dr. Levi is author of The Power Surge: Energy, Opportunity, and the Battle for America’s Future (forthcoming from Oxford University Press in May 2013). He is also the author of the books On Nuclear Terrorism (Harvard University Press, 2007) and (with Michael O’Hanlon) The Future of Arms Control (Brookings Institution Press, 2005). He was project director for the CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force on climate change, co-chaired by former governors Tom Vilsack and George Pataki. His 2005 monograph with Michael D’Arcy, Untapped Potential: U.S. Science and Technology Cooperation with the Islamic World, was the first comprehensive study of science and technology in the Muslim world. His recent writings include studies of natural gas exports, the Canadian oil sands, and the global politics and economics of clean energy innovation. Dr. Levi has testified before Congress and presented expert scientific evidence to the National Academy of Sciences on climate change and on nuclear security. His essays have been published in Foreign AffairsForeign PolicyNature, and Scientific American, among others. His op-eds have appeared in the New York TimesWashington PostWall Street Journal, and Financial Times. Dr. Levi previously wrote a monthly online column on science and security for the New Republic, and served as a technical consultant to the critically acclaimed television drama 24. He currently writes a blog on energy, climate, and nuclear issues. Dr. Levi holds a BSc (Hons.) in mathematical physics from Queen’s University (Kingston) and an MA in physics from Princeton University, where he studied string theory and cosmology. He holds a PhD in war studies from the University of London (King’s College), where he was the SSHRC William E. Taylor fellow. He lives in New York.
  • Gavin Schmidt
    • Gavin A. Schmidt is a climatologist and climate modeler at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York. He works on the variability of the ocean circulation and climate, using general circulation models (GCMs). He has also worked on ways to reconcile paleo-data with models. He helped develop the GISS ocean and coupled GCMs to improve the representation of the present day climate, while investigating their response to climate forcing. The latest GISS GCM is called ModelE. He is the co-author, with Joshua Wolfe, of Climate Change: Picturing the Science (2009), which has a foreword by Jeffrey D. Sachs. The book combines images of the effects of climate change with scientific explanations. In October 2011, the American Geophysical Union announced that Schmidt was to be awarded its inaugural Climate Communications Prize for his work on communicating climate-change issues to the public. The award is to be presented at the AGU’s Fall Meeting in December. The award news release noted his outreach work including co-founding and contributing to the RealClimate blog.

June 13

  • John Topping: “Slowing Arctic Melting: Beginnings of a Regional Strategy to Mitigate Climate Change”
    • John Topping has been President and CEO of the Climate Institute based in Washington, DC since its founding in 1986. From 1989-1990 he served as editor of the portions of the IPCC First Assessment Report concerning impacts of climate change on human settlement, industry, transport, energy, human health and air quality, and on impacts of climate and UV interactions and as Lead Author of the portions concerning impacts on human settlement, industry and transport. Topping received a Certificate from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: “For contributing to the award of the Nobel Peace Prize of 2007 to the IPCC. Topping was the former Director of the Office of Air and Radiation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Reagan administration. He holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from Yale University. In 2002 he received Dartmouth’s first Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Social Justice Award for Lifetime Achievement. Topping is the editor of two volumes on climate change: Preparing for Climate Change (1988) and Coping with Climate Change (1989) and co-editor of Sudden and Disruptive Climate Change: Exploring the Real Risks and How We Can Avoid Them (2008).
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June 20

  • Anthony Janetos: “Scientific Assessments: Policy Communication Successes and Failures”
    • Dr. Anthony Janetos has recently been named the new Director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future. Previously, he was the Director of the Joint Global Change Research Institute, a joint venture between the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the University of Maryland. He is also a Laboratory Fellow of PNNL. Dr. Janetos has many years of experience in managing scientific and policy research programs on a variety of ecological and environmental topics, including air pollution effects on forests, climate change impacts, land-use change, ecosystem modeling, and the global carbon cycle. He was also a co-convening lead author of the Climate Change Science Program’s Synthesis and Assessment Product 4.3, Climate Change Impacts on Agriculture, Land Resources, Water Resources, and Biodiversity, and has participated in or led several national and international scientific assessments on climate and global change topics. With many collaborators, Dr. Janetos has written and spoken about the need to understand the scientific, environmental, economic, and policy linkages among the major global environmental issues, and the need to keep basic human needs in the forefront of the thinking of the environmental science and policy communities. Dr. Janetos graduated Magna cum Laude from Harvard College with a bachelor’s degree in biology and earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in biology from Princeton University.

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June 27

  • Wallace Broecker: “Dealing with the CO2 Crisis”
    • Dr. Wallace Broecker joined the Columbia faculty in 1959 and since 1977 he has held the title of Newberry Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. He began his scientific career with a study of the geological and oceanographic applications of radioactive carbon-14 – the beginning of a long path of research along which he has made many pioneering discoveries that have had a profound impact on our understanding of the ocean (past, present, and predicted), as well as of its role in global climate change. Broecker has also played an active role in the environmental policy debate. He has been a leading voice warning of the potential danger of increased greenhouse gases in Earth’s atmosphere. He has written articles for the popular press, testified before Congressional committees and briefed officials at the highest levels of government in an effort to bring scientific insights to bear on policy issues. Read more >>
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July 11

  • Roger Pielke, Jr.: “Climate Policy for a High Energy Planet”
    • Roger Pielke, Jr. has been on the faculty of the University of Colorado since 2001 and is a Professor in the Environmental Studies Program and a Fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES). Roger’s research focuses on science, innovation and politics and in 2011 began to write and research on the governance of sports organizations, including FIFA and the NCAA. Roger holds degrees in mathematics, public policy and political science, all from the University of Colorado. In 2012 Roger was awarded an honorary doctorate from Linköping University in Sweden and was also awarded the Public Service Award of the Geological Society of America. Roger also received the Eduard Brückner Prize in Munich, Germany in 2006 for outstanding achievement in interdisciplinary climate research. At CIRES, Roger served as the Director of the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research from 2001-2007. Before joining the faculty of the University of Colorado, from 1993-2001 Roger was a Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Roger is a Senior Fellow of the Breakthrough Institute, and holds academic appointments at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia and the London School of Economics. He is also author, co-author or co-editor of seven books, including The Honest Broker: Making Sense of Science in Policy and Politicspublished by Cambridge University Press (2007). His most recent book is The Climate Fix: What Scientists and Politicians Won’t Tell you About Global Warming (2010, Basic Books). He is currently working on a book on technology, innovation and economic growth.
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July 18

  • Jason Bordoff: “The North American Energy Boom & Climate Change”
    • Jason Bordoff joined the Columbia faculty after serving until January 2013 as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Energy and Climate Change on the Staff of the National Security Council, and, prior to that, holding senior policy positions on the White House’s National Economic Council and Council on Environmental Quality. One of the nation’s top energy policy experts, he joined the Administration in April 2009. At Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, Bordoff is a professor of professional practice and serves as Director of SIPA’s Center on Global Energy Policy. Bordoff’s research and policy interests lie at the intersection of economics, energy, environment, and national security. Prior to joining the White House, Bordoff was the Policy Director of the Hamilton Project, an economic policy initiative housed at the Brookings Institution. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a consultant to the National Intelligence Council, and serves on the board of the Association of Marshall Scholars. During the Clinton Administration, Bordoff served as an advisor to the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Treasury Department. He was also a consultant with McKinsey & Company, one of the leading global strategy consultancies. Bordoff graduated with honors from Harvard Law School, where he was treasurer and an editor of the Harvard Law Review, and clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He also holds an MLitt degree from Oxford University, where he studied as a Marshall Scholar, and a BA magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University.
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August 1

  • Eric Pooley: “The Changing Politics of Climate Change: We’re Suddenly in a New and More Hopeful Place. Here’s Why.”

    • Eric Pooley is senior vice president for strategy and communications at the Environmental Defense Fund. An award-winning writer and editor, he has served as chief political correspondent of Time, editor of Time Europe, managing editor of Fortune, and deputy editor of Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Eric began his journalism career as a freelance reporter in East Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall. In the late 1980s and early 1990s he was an award-winning feature writer, political columnist and senior editor for New York magazine. He joined Time in 1995 as its White House correspondent and went on to serve as the magazine’s chief political correspondent and national editor. In 2002 Eric was named editor of Time Europe, the London-based international edition of Time, and three years later he became managing editor of Fortune, responsible for all global editorial operations of the magazine. In 2007 he left Time Inc. and began work on The Climate War. In 2009 he began writing a climate and energy column for Bloomberg News, and in February 2010 he was named deputy editor of Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Eric’s work has been recognized with many awards and honors, including a 2001 National Magazine Award (for Time’s single-topic issue on the September 11 attacks, which he helped edit), the 1996 Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency (for his coverage of the Clinton Administration), and four Henry R. Luce awards from Time Inc. He is also a three-time finalist for the National Magazine Award in categories ranging from General Excellence (for his editorship of Fortune) to Public Service (for a Time cover story that temporarily shut down an unsafe nuclear power plant in Connecticut).Eric has written about climate politics for Time, Slate, Bloomberg News and other publications. In the fall of 2008 he studied press coverage of the issue at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he was a Kalb Fellow at the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. He was a featured commentator in Heat, the 2008 PBS Frontline global warming documentary, and has appeared on Nightline, Charlie Rose, The CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, Larry King Live, Anderson Cooper 360, All Things Considered, and many other programs. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Brown University and lives with his wife and two daughters in New York.
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August 7

  • Bill McKibben: “Report from the Front Line of the Climate Fight”

    • Bill McKibben is the author of a dozen books about the environment, beginning with The End of Nature in 1989, which is regarded as the first book for a general audience on climate change. He is a founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org, which has coordinated 15,000 rallies in 189 countries since 2009. Time Magazine called him ‘the planet’s best green journalist’ and the Boston Globe said in 2010 that he was ‘probably the country’s most important environmentalist.’ Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College, he holds honorary degrees from a dozen colleges, including the Universities of Massachusetts and Maine, the State University of New York, and Whittier and Colgate Colleges. In 2011 he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Read more >>
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Lecture Series Archive

To see videos of our lecture series from the past three summers, please visit the links below.

Summer 2010: Nuclear Proliferation and the Future of World Power

Summer 2011: The History and Future of Pandemic Threats and Global Public Health

Summer 2012: The History and Future of Religious Violence and Apocalyptic Movements