Since the beginning of this century, catastrophes like 9/11, world economic crisis of 2008-09, ongoing Syrian war, refugee crisis in Europe, Brexit referendum and traces of economic protectionism etc., all point towards a changing world, which is going through a challenging phase of socio-political tensions, economic slowdown, rising inequalities (within and among nations), and environmental strains. Under such circumstances, the credibility of globalization as a much taunted panacea seems to be a suspect, where national interests are being given greater priority. Simultaneously, failed planning in many developing countries from Africa, Asia and Latin America, have drawn a lot of criticism from global institutions and policy makers, as the vicious cycle of poverty and corruption in those countries act as a drag on execution of better plans, and achieving higher levels of development. Difference of per capita incomes of United States and Niger, which were around seventy times in 1990, have increased to 140 times in last two and a half decades. New World Order, which was envisioned by America after second world war and post-cold war, is also withering away. US hegemony is being challenged, and resurging Russia is talking about post west scenario. Chinese dragon is spreading its wings in all sides and is poised to be the largest economy in the near future. In a way, the trio of globalization, development and new world order need to be relooked and these processes need to be re-envisioned from the perspective of developing countries. It definitely calls for identifying and adopting corrective measures to tackle these challenges and achieving sustainable development for an inclusive and peaceful world.
The aim of this international conference is to provide a forum to the geographers, social scientists, academicians, researchers and students from developing countries for deliberations and dissemination of contemporary research on issues related to globalization, development and new world order. The conference will initiate constructive dialogue on perspectives from developing countries and will be complemented by experiences which will help participants to gain exposure and to evaluate national and regional strategies. Social scientists, academicians and policy makers would get ideas and cogitations to tackle challenges related to the fallouts of globalization, underdevelopment and to the withering ‘new world order’. The main focus of the conference will be on:
- exploring, scrutinizing and evaluating issues and challenges of developing countries with respect to their interface with processes of globalization (including globalization, anti-globalization and de-globalization); issues of development (under development and un-development) and their increasingly important place in the new world order.
- providing a platform to debate and deliberate upon the positive as well as negative aspects of these processes and re-envisioning an inclusive and peaceful world order, and
- to debate and put forward policy implications for overcoming the shortcomings of these processes and initiating an agenda for attaining sustainable development.