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The Plundered Planet - A Book Discussion with Paul Collier

Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - 6:00pm

The Global Studies Program at The New School and the World Policy Institute present:

The Plundered Planet

How the Global Mismanagement of Nature Can Transform – or Tear Apart – the Developing World

Paul Collier, author of groundbreaking book The Bottom Billion, will discuss his new book, The Plundered Planet, which builds upon his renowned work on developing countries and the poorest populations to confront the global mismanagement of nature.

The event will be moderated by David Andelman, Editor of the World Policy Journal, with Sanjay Reddy, Associate Professor of Economics at the New School for Social Research as discussant.


Proper stewardship of natural assets and liabilities is a matter of planetary urgency: natural resources have the potential either to transform the poorest countries or to tear them apart, while the carbon emissions and agricultural follies of the rich world could further impoverish them. The Plundered Planet charts a course between unchecked profiteering on the one hand and environmental romanticism on the other to offer realistic and sustainable solutions to dauntingly complex issues.

Grounded in a belief in the power of informed citizens, Collier proposes a series of international standards that would help poor countries rich in natural assets better manage those resources, policy changes that would raise world food supply, and a clear-headed approach to climate change that acknowledges the benefits of industrialization while addressing the need for alternatives to carbon trading. Revealing how these are all interconnected, The Plundered Planet charts a way forward to avoid the mismanagement of the natural world that threatens our future.


Wednesday, April 28, 2010
6 pm to 7:30 pm


Parsons The New School for Design
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
Kellen Auditorium, Main Floor
66 Fifth Avenue (between 12th and 13th Street)
New York, NY


This event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required to reserve a seat. RSVP to or call (212) 481-5005, Option 2.

Related Reading:

The Plundered Planet: Why We Must – and How We Can – Manage Nature for Global Prosperity (Oxford) will be available for purchase at the event.

In “Paths of Progress,” (World Policy Journal Fall 2008, Vol. 25, No. 3) Oxford economist Paul Collier paints three possible scenarios for Africa: 1) economic progress, but political regression; 2) economic and political turnaround; or 3) boom, bust, and divergence (history repeating itself). "If I were an African," he concludes, "I would lie awake at night fearing scenario three and struggle during the day to avoid it."

Speaker Biographies:

Paul Collier is Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for the Study of African Economies at Oxford University and a former director of Development Research at the World Bank. In addition to the award-winning The Bottom Billion, he is the author of Wars, Guns, and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places.

David A. Andelman is Editor of World Policy Journal and author of three books including A Shattered Peace: Versailles 1919 and the Price We Pay Today. He is a former foreign correspondent for The New York Times and later CBS News, traveling through and reporting from nearly 60 countries. He also has been Executive Editor of, Washington correspondent for CNBC, news editor of Bloomberg News and Business Editor of the New York Daily News.

Sanjay Reddy is Associate Professor of Economics at the New School for Social Research.



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