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As the new year begins, wars are raging in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. And shipping is under attack in the Red Sea, threating new transport and commodity price spikes. These crises are explosive in their own right. Combine them with a presidential race in America and 2024 promises to be a make-or-break year for the post-1945 world order.

The 2020s were destined to be dangerous. The West's share of world GDP has fallen towards 50% for the first time since the 19th century. Countries such as India and Turkey believe the global institutions created after 1945 do not reflect their concerns. China and Russia want to go further and subvert this system. Their club - the enlarged BRICS bloc (now including Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Iran) - clearly has more than one eye on upsetting US political and financial hegemony. Though America's economy is still pre-eminent, its unipolar moment has ended. And its allies in Europe and Japan are in relative economic decline.

The new dynamic is one of instability and an unpredictable cycle of populism, interventionist economics and transactional globalisation.

But what does this mean for our own region, that is geographically and politically in between East and West? Can it resist the siren calls to choose sides, and reap the benefit of both Asian economic growth and Western security assurances?

This year's EICN Regional Strategic Forecast will explore this unfamiliar landscape, with its new alliances, fierce rivalry, mistrust and weaponisation of finance, technology and critical minerals. How will businesses be impacted by industrial policies that support strategically important domestic priorities over trade?

Join us, and leading regional politicians and business leaders, as we assess the implications of this mulipolar disorder.

In observance of Ramadan, we will not be serving breakfast or refreshments in the meeting room during the event. For attendees who would like to, there will be F&B served in a separate area before and after the event.



  • Emily Mansfield (Regional Director, Europe of The Economist Intelligence Unit)

    Emily Mansfield

    Regional Director, Europe of The Economist Intelligence Unit

    Emily leads The Economist Intelligence Unit’s analysis for France and Germany, and plays a leading role on the Europe editorial team, developing clear views on the political and economic issues of the day, and their implications for corporate, financial and government clients. She is particularly interested in the impact of political fragmentation, Europe’s changing role in the world, and the outlook for (and risks to) economic policy and performance in the region. Emily also works on the company’s flagship Democracy Index, and has presented regularly on democracy to audiences across Europe since 2016.

    Emily joined The Economist Intelligence Unit in 2011. Her previous role was as Country Forecast Director, which included responsibility for a business environment ranking for 82 economies. Emily developed a new index for technological readiness within this, gaining expertise on questions of productivity growth and the impact of artificial intelligence.

    Emily holds a Graduate Diploma in Economics from the University of London, and Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Cambridge.

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  • Sumana Rajarethnam (Director, South-East Asia of Economist Intelligence Corporate Network)

    Sumana Rajarethnam

    Director, South-East Asia of Economist Intelligence Corporate Network

    Sumana is a senior policy professional with 17 years of experience. Having worked at several dynamic and vibrant tech firms, Sumana designs and implements policies through advocacy, strategic communication and evidence-based analysis. With a flair for writing and communication, Sumana is able to negotiate complex engagements & cultivate senior-level internal/external relationships.

    Sumana holds a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Michigan, as well as a B.A. in Political Science and Geography from UCLA.

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Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur

(Parry room, Level 6)
2 Jalan Stesen Sentral,

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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