Center for the History of Global Development

Zhang Yong-an

Yong-an Zhang is Professor at Shanghai University and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at this university. He received his B.A. in history in 1995, followed by M.A. in American history in 2002 from the Northeast Normal University, and Ph.D. (2005) from Fudan University. He has worked at the Department of History of Medicine of Yale University (New Haven, USA), and he was Visiting Fellow at the Center for East Asia Policy Studies of Brooking Institution (Washington, D.C., USA), and at the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare (CSHHH) (Glasgow, UK).


His research has addressed the social history of narcotics, medicine and health, as well as global health history and the international history of the Cold War. His publications include: Policy Choice in Changing Society: A Study on American Marijuana Policy (2009), and Between Science and Politics: The American Medical Association and Origins of Drug Control (2016).


NATO Committee on the Challenges of Modern Society (CCMS) and its Work on Air Pollution

In 1969, NATO expanded the scope of its functions, setting up Committee on the Challenges of Modern Society(CCMS), and actively promoting international collaborating in the field of environmental protection. By "pilot study", encouraging the allies and other countries to actively concern about the air pollution problem and promoting the international community to implement advanced technologies into dealing with issues such as environmental problems, CCMS is considered NATO's "third dimension" other than military and political alliances.
Through the analysis of international background and discussion of NATO members on air pollution problem, investigation on how air pollution problem has become one issue of CCMS, and the cooperation and attempts of CCMS on the air pollution pilot study around its early establishment period, this paper will explore the roles CCMS plays in promoting cooperation for air pollution governance, before a further analysis of the achievements and flaws of CCMS in air pollution governance.