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The Political Economy of Finance, Energy and Security in the UAE: Between the Majilis and the Market

In this lecture and book launch, Dr Karen Young will offer a brief summary of the her new book, The Political Economy of Finance, Energy and Security in the UAE: Between the Majilis and the Market. Dr Young will present her argument about the role of informal institutions in policy making and state-building in the UAE. She will argue that the conflicts surrounding the finance, energy and security sectors in the United Arab Emirates are results of institutional constraints (both formal and informal) which are exacerbated by federal tensions between emirates, international political alliances tied to investment opportunities and access, and demographic challenges.

Event Details

Speaker: Dr Karen Young, LSE
Chair: Dr Adam Hanieh, SOAS
Date: Tuesday 21 October 2014
Time: 18.30-20.00
Location: Room 9.04, Tower 2, Clement's Inn
Event Hashtag: #LSEYoung
Attendance: This event is free and open to all on a first come first served basis. Our events are very well attended, please make sure to arrive early. We cannot guarantee entry.

Reviews of the book

"An absolutely essential and timely contribution to understanding the UAE at a time when the Arab Gulf States are rising in importance and playing a more distinct role in regional and international politics. Karen Young's book not only challenges some assumptions but will also encourage further scholarship on a critical part of the world." - Christian Koch, Gulf Research Center Foundation, Switzerland

"Expertly weaving academic perspective with personal experience, this book offers a detailed insight into the factors that have propelled the United Arab Emirates to global prominence. Young's analysis of the interplay of finance, energy, and security will be essential reading for scholars, students, and policy-makers who seek to navigate the dynamic and rapidly-changing context of Emirati politics, economy, and security." - Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University, US

"This is an excellent book; Young develops the comparative concept of the 'majilis' to examine the political economy of state building in the UAE. The result is an analytically persuasive and richly empirical explanation of Emirati politics in comparative perspective." - Toby Dodge, Middle East Centre, London School of Economics



Dr Karen Young is Visiting Fellow at the LSE Middle East Centre. She was Assistant Professor of Political Science in the Department of International Studies, American University of Sharjah from August 2009-August 2014. She received her PhD in Political Science from the City University of New York. Her research is based in international relations and comparative political economy.

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