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Spotlight on Climate Solutions: Climate Change, Refugees, and the Drift to the Right

SAN FRANCISCO, September 11, 2018 —  Media, development, and policy experts discuss the role that climate change plays in fueling conflicts and mass migration and how this affects the political landscape of the countries in which these migrants seek shelter. Speakers included Tom Friedman, author and New York Times columnist; Kevin Rudd, former prime minister of Australia and president of Asia Society Policy Institute; Luis Alberto Moreno, president of the Inter-American Development Bank; and Heidi Cullen, director of communications and strategic initiatives at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. The conversation was moderated by American broadcast journalist Ray Suarez and was co-presented by the World Affairs Council. The program was part of COAL + ICE in San Francisco, a three-week climate-related festival of dance, spoken word, food, family activities, films, educational programming, and creative dialogue that invites diverse audiences to participate in a conversation about climate change. (1 hr., 3 min.)


Current Affairs
 /  New York
Yanan Wang defended her reporting on Xinjiang by saying that she always included the perspective of the Chinese government.
Current Affairs
 /  Northern California
Panelists from the VC, finance, IP, and tech sectors discuss the current state of U.S.-China relations. Speakers include Mark Cohen, Buck Gee, Andy Rothman, Victor Wang, Frank H. Wu, and Kenneth P. Wilcox.
Current Affairs
 /  New York
The Rappler CEO and co-founder describes her persecution under President Rodrigo Duterte and reiterates her call for press freedom at the 2019 Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia ceremony.
Current Affairs
 /  New York
Following speeches by Maria Ressa and Marcus Brauchli, Edward Wong moderates a conversation with Associated Press journalists and 2019 Osborn Elliott Prize winners Yanan Wang and Marjorie Miller.
Arts
 /  New York
Historian Nerina Rustomji discusses her research on imagery of the afterlife in Islamic gardens with Cornell University professor Iftikhar Dadi.
Arts
 /  New York
A panel of young writers discusses the state of literary fiction in contemporary Pakistan.
Current Affairs
 /  New York
Diplomats, policy analysts, and national security reporters discuss the evolving relationship and present challenges facing U.S.-Pakistan relations.
Arts
 /  New York
South Asian food writers, including renowned cookbook author Madhur Jaffrey, discuss the role that food plays in the region's intangible cultural heritage.
Arts
 /  New York
Panelists discuss the role that arts and cultural figure played throughout history on the political and social consciousness of Lahore.
Arts
 /  New York
LLF Founder and CEO Razi Ahmed, Asia Society's Rachel Cooper, and UN Permanent Representative to Pakistan Ambassador Dr. Maleeha Lodhi deliver opening remarks at the 2019 festival in New York.
Current Affairs
 /  New York
What are the implications for free speech and freedom of expression in increasingly right-wing and repressive regimes? MacArthur Fellow Ayesha Jalal discusses with distinguished scholar of religions Wendy Doniger.
Current Affairs
 /  New York
Panelists addressed the impact of Belt and Road Initiative development on Pakistan's environment and ecology. How will the country balance economic growth with environmental stewardship?