Davos: Bastion for Twisted Transnational Encounters

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Abstract

A prominent social thinker once rhetorically enquired “what is the purpose of exploring outer planets, while we remain oblivious to the needs and aspirations within our own planet”. Correspondingly, if most of the world confronts existential conundrum, what is the point of the world’s most affluent inhabitants encountering Davos. In the words of the EU Commission President- they are there to “avert conflicts, start business and finish disputes”[i].

Global summits such as the UN, the G7 and G20 occur routinely. We also see recurring regional summits influencing global order and development. However, with specific economic focus, informality and elite driven programs, the Davos gathering seems pretentious. As states dispatch delegates for networking and branding, so far, no obvious ideological friction exists among participants. Here Chinese and Russian delegates amicably rub shoulders with American and British counterparts. Once the gathering received Chinese president as a celebrity, underlining China’s growing global hard and soft power.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date23 Jan 2020
Publisherwww.ac4tec.com
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jan 2020

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