Rei Tang is an associate program officer in the Policy Programming Department at the Stanley Foundation, where he works to advance effective global governance through policy analysis, dialogue, and outreach. Before joining the foundation, Rei worked on American foreign policy and national security issues in Washington, DC.
What do you do at the foundation and how long have you been here?
I joined in January 2013. At the foundation, I develop activities in our strategic areas. This involves finding the right mix of knowledge, people, and locations to shape a policy process or conversation.
What do you like most about your job?
I was looking for a place where I could come up with and carry out strategies to make a difference in international policy. Previously, I worked on American national security and foreign policy. Instead of focusing on Washington, I now look at how different capitals interact. I also enjoy the international exposure through travel. This job gives me the opportunity to absorb different points of view about pressing issues from experts and policymakers around the world and to play a part in making a difference.
Where are you from?
This is not an easy question to answer. I grew up half in the suburbs of Austin, Texas, and half in the high-rises of Hong Kong. Living abroad was probably what got me interested in international issues. I have family in different countries. Before coming to Iowa, I went to college and worked in Washington, DC.
What do you do when you’re not at work?
If I’m not on a trip, I can usually be found in Iowa City coffee shops during the weekends.Climate Change
Climate change, perhaps today’s most challenging peace and security issue, is a direct threat to human survival and wellbeing. It is also a threat-multiplier, especially in conflict prone areas of the world.
In an effort to diminish this threat, the nations of the world have agreed to limit the increase in global average temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius (2.0°C) above preindustrial levels, and to strive to limit the temperature increase to a safer target of 1.5°C. As of now, the current trajectory of temperature rise is far off course. To successfully limit global warming to 1.5°C, ambitious and transformative policy action is needed.
To help the world reach this ambitious goal, the Stanley Foundation is engaging key stakeholders at multiple levels to determine and pursue transformational pathways necessary to reduce and remove greenhouse gas emissions to limit global warming to 1.5°C. In particular, our programming focuses on:
- Advancing the determination of necessary transformational pathways in the next 18 months so as to inspire policy development and action that make a 1.5°C target achievable.
- Encouraging sub- and nonstate actors to be on the leading edge of identifying and pursuing necessary transformational pathways to limit warming to 1.5°C.
- Fostering cooperation between and among advocates, sub- and nonstate actors, and the policymaking community as they innovate on the most challenging transformational pathways to limit warming to 1.5°C.
The foundation is part of Galvanizing the Groundswell of Climate Actions, which is working to promote stronger and more ambitious sub- and nonstate climate action and as a catalyst for transformational actions at all levels.