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Launch of the Kuwait Programme on Development, Governance and Globalisation in the Gulf States

Photograph of the The Kuwait Programme on Development Governance and Globalisation in the Gulf States launch receptionThe Kuwait Programme on Development, Governance and Globalisation in the Gulf States| was launched with a reception in the Shaw Library at LSE on Thursday 28 February.

Hosted in the Centre for the Study of Global Governance| at LSE, this is a is a ten year multidisciplinary global programme. It focuses on topics such as globalisation, economic development, diversification of and challenges facing resource rich economies, trade relations between the Gulf States and major trading partners, energy trading, security and migration. It will also support postdoctoral researchers and PhD students, develop academic networks between LSE and Gulf institutions, and host a regular seminar series as well as five major biennial conferences.

Professor George Gaskell (pictured far right), deputy director of Resources and Planning at LSE, welcomed guests and LSE staff and students on behalf of the School. He said: 'This important and exciting new programme has been made possible by a very generous pledge of substantial funds over a ten year period from the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences.'

Professor David Held (pictured centre), director of the Kuwait Programme, said: 'We will continue to commission original and sustained research on all aspects of the Gulf's economies and society, to develop our networks with scholars and policy makers in the Gulf societies, including exchange programmes. Linked to this we will soon be announcing major public events, including workshops and conferences. In short, we are building one of the most comprehensive programmes of research on the Gulf States.'

For further information on the Kuwait Programme on Development, Governance and Globalisation in the Gulf States, please contact Ian Sinclair, by emailing i.sinclair@lse.ac.uk| or visit http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/LSEKP/|

10 March 2008

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