On June 22th 2010, in collaboration with the East-West Center and with assistance from Emerging Leaders Bryan Bushley and Kristen Hite, the Global Environmental Governance Project hosted 20 undergraduate students from Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, and Burma for a workshop entitled, “International Collaboration on Global Environmental Issues” at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Speakers included John Matuszak, Chief of the Division on Sustainable Development and Multilateral Affairs at the US State Department, Professor Greg Foster of National Defense University, and Kristen Hite of the Center for International Environmental Law. GEG Project Director, Maria Ivanova, moderated the discussion. The discussion focused on the history of US environmental policy and current US priorities in international environmental negotiations, on environmental security, and leadership.
The students are participants in a five-week Study of the United States Institute (SUSI) for Student Leaders on Global Environmental Issues program sponsored by the US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. At the conclusion of their program (June 27th, 2010) the students are expected to have gained enhanced understanding of the United States and how environmental movements and policies affect and reflect US society, new leadership skills and relationships for creating positive change through developing community and ecological resilience, and knowledge and planning abilities to implement actions to improve their home communities. Read more about the Institute here.