Challenges of Governance in Pakistan and the Environmental Crisis
Dr. Paula Newberg and Dr. Akmal Hussain will give a joint talk on their ongoing work on the environmental crisis and the challenges of governance. In this talk, the principal features of the impact of climate change on Pakistan will be examined and the imperatives for government policy and public action for addressing the crisis would be identified.
Profiles of the Speakers:
Dr. Akmal Hussain
He has B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Cambridge and a
D.Phil. in Economics from the University of Sussex. He is currently Distinguished Professor
and Dean, School of Social Sciences, Information Technology University, Lahore and
Chairman UNDP Advisory Council on Inclusive and Sustainable Development. He has
contributed papers as a panelist at conferences across the world, including Harvard
University, Society for International Development, Rome and the UNDP. He has also done
research for the World Bank and the ILO.
He has advised governments in Pakistan on economic policy as member of the Prime
Minister’s economic policy committee as an independent economist during the period 1989
to 2001 and later in 2010-11. He is currently a member of the Agriculture Commission,
He has also contributed to policy discussions at Wilton Park UK and at consultative forums
organized by the governments of the Netherlands and Japan respectively. More recently he
has contributed to the international deliberations organized by the UNDP in Bonn, on
sustainable development goals, which contributed to the drafting of the SDGs document,
He helped build organizations aimed at poverty alleviation and development at the village,
district, national and regional levels. He was principal author of the UNDP Pakistan National
Human Development Report 2003. He is Principal Author of the UNDP Report titled:
Inclusive and Sustainable Development: Analytical Basis and Policy Framework 2016. He
has authored/co-authored 40 other books on Development.
Dr. Paula Newberg
Her work focuses on the intersections between human rights, democratic governance and foreign policy in crisis and transition states, with particular focus on south and central Asia. A scholar and practitioner with wide-ranging experience in multilateral and nongovernmental organizations, Dr. Newberg served as Special Advisor to the United Nations in Asia, Europe and Africa. She was a Senior Associate the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where she co-founded its Democracy Project, and was a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution. Prior to coming to UT-Austin, she was the Director of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University.
Dr. Newberg has written extensively on constitutional development and jurisprudence in Pakistan, the politics of assistance in and to conflict and post-conflict states, and rights in conditions of insurgency. A former contributing columnist for the Los Angeles Times and The Globe and Mail, she writes for Yale Global Online, and is an advisor to a number of nonprofit organizations working in the rights and democracy fields.
As Fellow of the newly established Wilson Chair at UT Austin, she is creating curricular, training, research and policy programs with institutions in south Asia. At Columbia, Johns Hopkins and Georgetown universities, she taught graduate courses on comparative foreign policy, rights and international affairs, international politics of conflict, and the international politics of south Asia. At UT-Austin, she teaches courses on rights and the state in modern south Asia, and the politics of complex emergencies in south Asia and beyond.