Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs comprises more than 70 full-time faculty and more than 200 adjunct faculty, scholars, and practitioners. All have distinguished themselves in research and leadership in the policy world, and have produced scholarship in a wide variety of subjects, including international relations, democratization, elections, demography, and social policy.

September 2017|Science|Geoffrey Heal, and others
September 2017|Reassembling Motherhood: Procreation and Care in a Globalized World|Yasmine Ergas
September 2017|China, the U.S. and the Future of Latin America |Christopher Sabatini

The New and Not-So-New Foreign Policies in the Americas

September 2017|International Monetary Cooperation: Lessons from the Plaza Accord after Thirty Years|Takatoshi Ito
September 2017|Center on Global Energy Policy, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University|Erica Downs
September 2017|Huffington Post|Steven Cohen
September 2017|Present and Future Memory: Holocaust Studies at the Italian Academy (2008-2016)|Yasmine Ergas, Barbara Faedda

Women’s Rights and Women’s Freedoms: A View from the Present

August 2017|The Guardian|Christopher Sabatini
August 2017|Ecological Economics|Ruben Lubowski, Alexander Golub, Pedro Piris-Cabezas

Progressively adjusting climate policies will entail adjustment costs for society. This paper develops a conceptual model and numerical example that illustrate the risk associated with exposure to the high costs of complying with future emissions controls and how this risks trades off against that from potentially premature investment into abatement. We then highlight the potentially unique role of tropical forest protection in helping to manage these risks by providing a cost-effective “buffer” of near term emissions reductions at a globally significant scale. This buffer would provide insurance against the risk of suddenly tightening targets, as well as providing other critical environmental benefits. We further examine how a version of a private finance instrument in the form of long-dated ‘call’ options on verified reductions in emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (i.e. REDD +) can help to operationalize this risk-hedging buffer creation. Options on REDD + could aid both regulated businesses and tropical nations to manage their respective risks. REDD + options could deliver sufficient abatement to significantly hedge exposure of regulated entities to potential corrections in climate policy while channeling financial resources to defer deforestation even as climate policies continue to evolve.

August 2017|Tax Policy and the Economy, Volume 31|Wojciech Kopczuk