David Lawler in conversation with Jeffrey D. Sachs
Chaired by Safwan Masri
Today’s most urgent problems are fundamentally global. They require nothing less than concerted, planet wide action if we are to secure a long-term future. But humanity’s story has always been on a global scale. In his new book, Jeffrey D. Sachs, renowned economist and expert on sustainable development, turns to world history to shed light on how we can meet the challenges and opportunities of the twenty-first century.
David Lawler is Axios' World News Editor, steering coverage of international affairs and writing the twice-weekly Axios World newsletter, along with special reports on events around the world. Dave joined as Deputy News Editor shortly after Axios launched in 2017 and helped shape its distinctive approach and style. Dave previously worked for the London Daily Telegraph, including as Washington Correspondent during the 2016 U.S. election.
Jeffrey D. Sachs is University Professor and director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University. He is also director of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network and has been advisor to three UN secretaries-general. He is a New York Times best-selling author, and his Columbia University Press books include The Age of Sustainable Development (2015), Building the New American Economy (2017), and A New Foreign Policy: Beyond American Exceptionalism (2018).
Safwan M. Masri is Executive Vice President for Global Centers and Global Development at Columbia University and a Senior Research Scholar at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. He is the author of Tunisia: An Arab Anomaly (Columbia University Press, 2017). Safwan served as Vice Dean of Columbia Business School from 1993 to 2006. He is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an honorary fellow of the Foreign Policy Association.