Do we have to choose between the economy and the environment? Do emerging countries have to destroy their environments to thrive?
What if you could have “green growth?” What if you could eliminate the carbon emissions of 400,000 cars, cut a developing country’s international debt and, in the same deal, shift the economy toward more efficient agriculture?
It’s not fantasy. It’s forests. Fifteen percent of the world’s carbon emissions come from deforestation – more than all the world’s cars, airplanes and trains combined. Cut deforestation and you cut greenhouses gases – with minimal effect on economic growth.
Last year Greg Fishbein of The Nature Conservancy struck the deal I just described in Indonesia; he has arranged similar packages for Brazil, Costa Rica and is working on similar deals in Mexico and China. On Wednesday, November 16 he’s coming to Brandeis to join our next IGS Conversation: Green Growth: Environmentally Smart Economic Development
Wednesday Nov. 16, 7 PM (6:30 for pizza)
Mandel Center Reading Room (3rd Floor)
Featuring Greg Fishbein
Managing Director—Forest Carbon, The Nature Conservancy
Greg will be joined by Stephanie Karol, ’12 and Ben Rifkin, ’12, IGS seniors who will talk about what they learned about green growth while studying in Argentina and Madagascar respectively.
I hope you can join us!
One-Seventh of Humanity. An Exploding Economy. Key to Every Global Debate on the Environment, Security and Development.
GET TO KNOW THE WORLD’S NEW SUPERPOWER!
IGS 150A: The Rise of India
Spring 2012; Block V: T,Th 5:00 PM–6:20 PM
Taught by Dr. Avinash Singh (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This fall IGS will be hosting “IGS Conversations,” a series of panels on the hottest current world issues. Global leaders and IGS seniors will the share the stage as they analyze the pressing issues of our times.
Our first discussion panel is scheduled for Wednesday Oct. 26, 2011 at 7 pm and will focus on government debts and their effect on the faltering world economy.
Are the United States and Europe bankrupt? What can be done about the international debt crisis? What happens if the European Union can’t bail out Greece – or Italy, or Spain? As the world economy teeters, should governments be cutting back or spending much more? And what effect does fear itself have over faltering economies of the West?
We are honored that Mr. Kent Lucken, a managing director with Citigroup, will join us for this conversation. As an international banker Mr. Lucken has extensive experience in global finance but he also knows European politics well. In his past career as a U.S.diplomat Mr. Lucken served in several embassies in Europe and is familiar with the roots of the continent’s economic crisis.
Joining Mr. Lucken will be our own Craig Elman and Adina Weissman, both recently returned from studying abroad in Europe. Craig, a double Economics and IGS major, will speak briefly on the debt crisis in Spain, where he studied for a semester, while Adina, a double major in economics and psychology, will talk about the intersection of public perception and economics in the debt crisis in England.
It all happens next Wednesday, October 26th in the Mandel Humanities Center Reading Room, up on the third floor. Come at 6:30 for pizza and informal conversation, then enjoy the panel and discussion from 7 pm on.
The “IGS Conversations” series is being managed by Joshua Cracraft, a PhD candidate in History who is also IGS’ Assistant Director for Academic Programming. Please do get in touch with Joshua (email@example.com) if you have ideas for future conversations.
I was just sent this incredible list of job opportunities in international affairs. A lot of these jobs require more experience than seniors will typically have, but there are entry-level positions too. Even the jobs that require more experience will give you ideas about organizations and career paths. Have fun browsing!
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by Craig Elman, writing from Madrid
Spain has been experiencing very rough after-shocks since the economic crisis, even worse than that which occurred in the United States. The unemployment rate has spiked up to 20%, double its natural rate of unemployment (which happens to be equivalent to the U.S.’s current unemployed rate under the crisis). I live in Madrid, and everywhere I go I see the effects of the crisis: people begging on the street, and even approaching people and pleading for a helping hand. It’s a terrible site to see.
The government has also decided to increase the age to receive pensions (from 65 to 67.5 I believe) in order to increase working hours and reduce the public debt. Although balancing the budget is one of the most essential macroeconomic policies that a government should tackle during a recession, there are several potential adverse effects that could follow. Social unrest and protests in Madrid have been occurring because the government is essentially cutting benefits for the next generation of elderly people.
Spain has also become extremely energy conscious and green as a result of the crisis (which happens to be the one positive effect coming out of the crisis). Spanish households have recently transitioned to more energy-efficient lighting, for example, and the government is trying to reduce motor vehicle emissions by cutting the costs of public transportation and making it more accommodating to the public. Germany has offered a helping hand during Spain’s crisis, and German chancellor Angela Merkel has agreed to help Spain’s economic advisors to the government. She has also offered to employ Spanish engineer students in Germany who will be looking for work soon.
While this helps to alleviate the problem of unemployment in Spain in the short run, this is, in my opinion, a poor choice for Spain in the long run. Economic growth requires technological innovation, and without a new generation of engineers, Spain’s economy would suffer dire consequences.
There have also been debates about whether or not Spain should forego the Euro and return to the peso, since the crisis has hit other European countries on the Euro as well. However, abolishing the Euro would create fewer incentives for foreign investment within Spain (I’m not too clear on the Economics behind this, but I have been told that this is a possible adverse outcome).
More than 45 employers are coming to campus on March 10 to meet IGS majors and other students and share insights about internships and jobs that truly make a difference.
Spring 2011 Career Fair
Sponsored by the Hiatt Career Center & The Heller School
Thursday, March 10
12:00 – 3:00p.m., Sherman Function Hall
(Professional Dress Required)
RSVP today in Hiatt NACElink and start reviewing employers!
Examples of Employers
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Mass Life Sciences Center
Medical Information Technology, Inc. (MEDITECH)
Management Sciences for Health
Public Consulting Group
Army Healthcare Recruiting
Boston Public Health Commission
City Year – Boston
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Mass Life Sciences Center
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Peace Corps – Boston Office
United States – Customs and Border Protection
United States Department of Labor
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
The Schiff Undergraduate Research Program will pay you $2,000 to conduct your research. For more information and to apply, see the application below.
The Crown Center announces the availability of summer travel and study grants for eligible undergraduate students.
The Grant May Cover:
- Research expenses – such as travel, room and board, and photocopying.
- Study at a foreign institution.
- Tuition fees for a relevant Middle Eastern language program.
Current first years, sophomores, juniors, and seniors graduating in December 2011 are eligible.
Any field of study may be considered but the research must be related to the Middle East.
The maximum grant award is $2,000. Applications are due April 1, 2011.
For more details and application information visit:
If you missed the Crown Center’s excellent panel on events in Tunisia, Egypt and beyond, you can now see it here.