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The Climate of Environmental Leadership

March 7, 2018 – by Cole Hatcher

Public Affairs Expert Joshua W. Busby to Speak March 22 at Ohio Wesleyan

DELAWARE, Ohio – Joshua W. Busby, Ph.D., associate professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas-Austin, will discuss “Climate Leadership without the U.S. Federal Government” when he speaks March 22 at Ohio Wesleyan University.

In a recent LBJ School interview, Busby said one of the greatest issues facing the nation this year is the loss of U.S. leadership in global climate change discussions.

“Loss of leadership has come at a critical time,” Busby said. “2018 is the year when the rules governing the 2015 Paris agreement are supposed to be finalized. ... U.S. loss of leadership removes an important driver of progress, as other countries might be less inclined to accept robust standards for measuring and reporting efforts to reduce emissions.”

Busby will speak at 7 p.m. March 22 in the Benes Rooms of Ohio Wesleyan’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware.

In addition to his role with the LBJ School, Busby also is a distinguished scholar at the Texas university’s Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law and a fellow at its RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service. He also is a nonresident fellow with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. 

He is the author of “Climate Change and National Security: An Agenda for Action” and has published widely on climate change, global health, transnational advocacy movements, and U.S. foreign policy.

Busby’s second book, “AIDS Drugs for All: Social Movements and Market Transformations,” written with Ethan Kapstein, Ph.D., earned the 2014 Don K. Price Award – the American Political Science Association’s award for the best book on science, technology and environmental politics.

He was a lead researcher for the five-year, $7.6 million “Climate Change and African Political Stability” project funded by the Department of Defense and is the principal investigator for “Complex Emergencies and Political Stability in Asia, a three-year, $1.9 million DOD project. 

Busby earned his doctoral and master’s degrees from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Learn more about him at

His presentation is sponsored by the International Studies Program and the Arneson Institute for Practical Politics and Public Affairs. Admission is free. Learn more at

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