The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs is proud to host a Director's Lunch on “The Politics of China’s Environmental Challenge” with Elizabeth Economy, C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director of Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.  

Elizabeth Economy has published extensively on both Chinese domestic and foreign policy, including The River Runs Black: The Environmental Challenge to China's Future (Cornell University Press, 2004); articles in foreign policy and scholarly journals such as Foreign Affairs and Survival; and op-eds and book reviews in The New York Times, TheWashingtonPost, and The International Herald Tribune, among others. She serves on several China-related boards and consults frequently for the U.S. government. Dr. Economy received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, her M.A. from Stanford University and her B.A. from Swarthmore College.

A 1997 World Bank report estimated that total air and water pollution costs $54 billion annually in China, roughly equivalent to 8 percent of China’s GDP.  We hope you can join us for what will be an interesting and informative discussion.