Arab Strategy Forum to feature global experts

Former President of France Francois Hollande and former US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates among the speakers


Organisers of the 10th Arab Strategy Forum say a global line-up of speakers will address the day-long event on Tuesday offering latest expert views and predictions on the state of the world for the year ahead.

Taking place at the Ritz Carlton — Dubai International Financial Centre, speakers will offer their takes on the current state of affairs in politics and business in the GCC, the wider Arab region as well as global geopolitical level.

The event is hosted by Eurasia Group, Good Judgment and the International Monetary Fund, said organisers.

Political heavyweights Dr Robert Gates, former United States Secretary of Defence, and Francois Hollande, former President of France, will join each other in a panel discussion at the top of the forum to speak on the state of the world geopolitics 2018.

Other notable experts slated to address the forum include Dr. Jihad Azour, Director of the IMF’s Middle East and Central Asia Department, who assumed the position on March 1, 2017, replacing Masood Ahmad who left the Fund in October.

Azour served as Lebanon’s Finance Minister from 2005-2008 and has held a wide range of posts in the private sector, said the IMF in a statement.

Aazour will speak on the state of the Arab world economy in 2018.

Dr. Fawaz Gerges, Professor of Middle East Politics and International Relations at London School of Economics, will speak on the state of Arab World geopolitics in 2018.

Gerges is a Lebanese-American academic and author with expertise on the Middle East region as well as American foreign policy, and relations between the Islamic and Western worlds.

Dr. Joseph Stiglitz, American economist and a professor at Columbia University as well as a Nobel Memorial Laureate in Economic Sciences, will present his views on the state of the World Economy in 2018.

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