A ten-year multidisciplinary global programme will examine challenges facing resource-rich economies and trade relations between the Gulf states. The Kuwait Programme on Development, Governance and Globalisation in the Gulf States was launched with a reception at the London School of Economics. The project, which will be hosted in the Centre for the Study of Global Governance at the LSE, will focus on topics including globalisation, economic development, diversification of and challenges facing resource-rich economies, trade relations between the Gulf states and major trading partners, energy trading, security and migration. It will also support postdoctoral researchers and PhD students, develop academic networks between LSE and Gulf institutions, and host a regular seminar series as well as five major biennial conferences. David Held, director of the Kuwait Programme, said: "We are building one of the most comprehensive programmes of research on the Gulf states."