By Sam Bridge
Cheney will speak at the 12th edition of the Arab Strategy Forum which begins in Dubai on December 9 at Ritz Carlton DIFC
Former US Vice President Dick Cheney will speak at the 12th edition of the Arab Strategy Forum which begins in Dubai on December 9 at Ritz Carlton DIFC.
Held under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, former Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of China, Li Zhaoxing will also be at the forum which will discuss how US-China relations will impact the global order.
The annual event explores the major social, political and economic factors that will shape the Arab world in the coming years.
This year’s edition will draw the participation of 18 keynote speakers, including an array of former ministers, international officials, leading industry experts, international strategists, writers and media professionals.
This year’s Forum is running under the theme Forecasting the Next Decade. The panels, discussions and keynotes held at the one-day event will explore and forecast the events and trends anticipated to unfold over the next ten years, and their impact on politics, socio-economic frameworks, international relationships and diplomacy.
In addition, the forum will issue three reports that expound further on the social conditions of the next decade - The Future of Islamism, Global Trends in 2030 and 11 Questions for the Next Decade.
Mohammad Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future, and chairman of the organising committee of the forum, said: “In the coming decade, we expect to witness the consequences and changes from many of the important events and social transformations developing around us today.
“The forum presents today’s challenges and opportunities to the world’s leading decision-makers who can address them in a precise, balanced and politically-scientific manner, so we can best learn how to anticipate, manage and maintain socio-political equilibrium in the region and beyond.
“Hosting this tolerant, open-minded, future-forward approach to tackling the big issues that face our world, is paramount to our aims to bring greater harmony and unity to the world, and a testament to the UAE's continuous efforts to spread a culture of tolerance and coexistence by forecasting and preparing for the future.”
This year's forum will include six panel discussions and two Q&A sessions, with Gergawi delivering the keynote speech.
Zhaoxing and Cheney will discuss the global order in 2030, with specific insight on the US and China’s leading roles in it, over a roundtable.
Zhaoxing will discuss the vision and motives of China's foreign policy over the next decade, China's role in the Arab region and its peace efforts, the impact of the Belt and Road Initiative on Chinese foreign policy, the China-US trade sphere over the past two years, and the future of this collaboration.
Cheney will offer his perceptions of the world order in the next decade with the rise of China and Russia, and the economic impact of technological and security trends, and how they have impacted the US’s standing in maintaining world security.
Nick Alan, CEO of Control Risks, will hold a session titled Top 5 Risks 2020 to discuss potential global political and security risks and the new reality of 2020 while Sean Cleary, president of Strategic Concepts, will deliver a speech The World in 2030, which will highlight the major transformations, developments and trends likely to emerge over the next decade.
Omar Saif Ghobash, Assistant Minister for Cultural Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and British writer Ed Hussein will take part in a panel, moderated by Faisal Abbas, Editor in Chief of Arab News, to address the future of Islamism.
Under the title Is The World Heading Towards a Global Economic Recession, global equity investor Vikram Mansharamani will fact-check the claim that 2020 will start with a recession by analyzing the tell-tale signs.
The Arab economy will also be discussed in a session which will highlight the role of oil and gas in the economic future of the region in light of global energy trends, and the future of employment and indebtedness and its impact on political stability.
In another session, the UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Gargash, former Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, Marwan Muasher, and former Jordanian deputy prime minister will address the future of the Arab world alliances under the new world order and the role of China, Russia and America will play in shaping it.