|Global Futures: The Chatham House Annual Conference: "Globalisation at the tipping point?"|
13 November 2008
Chatham House's Annual Conferences on Global Futures focus on the most crucial issues facing the world today. Drawing on Chatham House's extensive range of contacts and its adventurous thinking on international political, economic and geopolitical issues, this event offers the opportunity to hear new insights and to engage in debate with leaders from governments, business and international organisations, as well as expert commentators.
The 2008 Chatham House Annual Conference considered whether the most recent globalisation wave - namely, the growing interdependence of societies and economies through the opening of markets and borders - has reached a turning point, marked by the ongoing crisis in the financial markets and an increase in protectionist rhetoric.
The arrival of a new US administration in Washington, new questions about globalisation in the EU, the continuing rise of China and India, combined with financial instability in the West, and increased competition for resources globally, make this a significant moment to review the likely future course of this phenomenon of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.