Lessons from Water Diplomacy in Resolving Complex Problems in Science and Religion through Principled Pragmatism
April 16, 2019
Shafik Islam, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering & Professor of Water Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University
Please be our guest Tuesday April 16th, 6-9 PM, at the Harvard Faculty Club, Quincy St., Cambridge for our next Roundtable on Science and Religion featuring Tufts University Professor - with joint appointment in the School of Engineering and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy - Shafiqul Islam who will address Lessons from International Water Diplomacy in Resolving Complex Problems in Science and Religion.
"Complex problems in water management are connected with many competing and often conflicting values, interests, and tools. These problems can't be addressed through simply applying dogmatic principles or a deal-making purely pragmatic approach."
"Because these problems are interconnected and interdependent, a final solution can't be pre-specified. Any intervention to a complex problem requires attention to both principles and pragmatism. Strict adherence to principles without pragmatism is often not actionable; pure pragmatism exercised without guiding principles is not sustainable." ~ Tufts University Professor Shafiqul Islam