Monthly Archives: October 2015

40 Years of Environmental Leadership: An Interview with Frances Beinecke

Frances Beinecke joins Melissa Legge of Yale Law School and Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies for a conversation about the past, present, and future of the environmental movement. Frances has been involved in environmentalism for 40 years, all of that with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). This past year she retired from her position as President of NRDC and is now a fellow at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Melissa and Frances discuss the role of students as environmental leaders, environmental politics, energy, climate change, and much more.

Strategic Environmental Communications: A Conversation with Francesca Koe

Francesca Koe, a communications specialist, joins Josh Galperin in the studio to talk about strategic environmental communications. Francesca is the former Director of Campaigns and Strategic Initiatives at the Natural Resources Defense Council where she continues to consult for NRDC’s Climate Center and Center for Policy Advocacy. Francesca is also on the steering committee and is a coalition advisor for the Climate Advocacy Lab, is an environmental consultant to the AdCouncil, is President of the Greater Farallones Association, and is on the National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council. In this podcast Francesca and Josh discuss climate and marine communications, the strategies for engaging citizens and policymakers, and how to “meet people where they are.”

Putin’s Syria Move Raises Russian Profile

Vladimir Putin, determined to revive Russia’s status as a global power, has rapidly mobilized forces to bolster the Assad regime in Syria. He orchestrated a meeting with US President Barack Obama at the September UN General Assembly meeting, to give the appearance that he is taking charge of ending the Islamic State’s expansion in Iraq and Syria, explains Thomas Graham, a senior fellow at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs based at Yale University. The move carries risks, and the United States still has great capacity to influence the region with its response.

Hidden Story in China’s FDI Statistics

Investors around the world seek secure places to store assets. Chinese firms and individuals hold enormous amounts of liquid money, and many seek to diversify with non-Chinese assets. Farok J. Contractor, professor at Rutgers, suggests that Chinese firms may be creating subsidiaries to ease transfers, which explains why as much as 70 percent of outbound foreign direct investment capital from China flows to Caribbean nations and Hong Kong.