How economic and security trends in the Gulf states are simultaneously shaping and being shaped by the processes of globalisation will be explored at an international conference that will take place in Kuwait City on 25 - 26 March.
The emergence of new forms of international political economy, shifts in the global economics of energy consumption, and the rise of sovereign wealth funds as well as their implications for existing mechanisms of global governance will be among the topics for consideration.
The conference, Globalisation and the Gulf: Economy and Security, will also examine how, in our highly interconnected world, new forms of conflict and insecurity might affect the Gulf states and an international community reliant on a stable flow of oil and gas from the region
The conference will bring together a distinguished collection of senior public figures, academics and post-graduate students from the Gulf and the broader international community to discuss these issues in an interdisciplinary forum.
Professor David Held said: 'The conference's focus on the interconnections between economics and security is very timely given the global impact of the economic downturn and the continuing strategic and commercial importance of the Gulf to the international community.'
Speakers will include His Excellency Dr Mohammad Al-Sabah the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, State of Kuwait (TBC), Mr Abdullatif Al-Hamad, Director-General and Chairman of the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development, Dr Ali Al-Shemlan, Director-General of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science, Sir Howard Davies, Director of The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and Professor Danny Quah, Head of LSE's economics department.
The conference is being organised by The London School of Economics and Political Science Kuwait Programme on Development, Governance and Globalisation in the Gulf States in association with the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences. It will be held at the headquarters of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science in Kuwait City.
More information and to register go to: The Kuwait Conference webpage
4 February 2009