About issue 5

1. Andri Ottesen: Who will Buy Chinese Electric Cars in Kuwait?

2. Emre Hatipoglu: Renewables ≠ Kumbaya in Geopolitics: Revisiting the Concept of Energy Security Through the Lens of Low-Carbon Energy.

3. Irfan ul Haq: The Geo-Economics of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB): A World Bank 2.0?

4. Faisal AlHallaq: Kitsch and Kuwait.

5. Jean-Pierre Thibaut: How Children and Adults Make Sense of the World. Cognitive and Intercultural Aspects.

BOOK REVIEW Benjamin Bennett-Carpenter: The War of Words: A Glossary of Globalization by Harold James and Capitalism: The Story Behind the Word by Michael Sonenscher.

About the Articles

Arguments and ideas in the present articles represent those of the respective authors and not necessarily GUST University or the editors of this Newsletter.

1. Andri Ottesen: Who Will Buy Chinese Electric Cars in Kuwait?

Young educated women will be the early majority for buying mostly Chinese-made electric vehicles in Kuwait over the next 5 to 10 years. Men will continue to purchase EVs because of their gearless power train, which no ICE vehicle can compete with in speed acceleration.

Electric car

2. Emre Hatipoglu: Renewables ≠ Kumbaya in Geopolitics: Revisiting the Concept of Energy Security Through the Lens of Low-Carbon Energy.

Renewable energy adoption leads to market making and technological progress between countries. Indeed, we are already witnessing the birth pains of this regime.

Ship in the sea

3. Irfan ul Haq: The Geo-Economics of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB): A World Bank 2.0?

Within the current institutional landscape of global political discourse, China has emerged as a formidable player. By providing alternatives like the AIIB to the traditional Western-dominated financial institutions, Beijing is expanding its sphere of influence and projecting itself as a key player in global finance.

AIIB

4. Faisal AlHallaq: Kitsch and Kuwait

Art and cultural flourishing were constitutive of the modernization project of Kuwait that began in the middle of the 20th Century. However, political and economic issues in the Gulf region brought this cultural project to a standstill. The art scene of Kuwait has turned into what art critics call kitsch.

Lamborghini

5. Jean-Pierre Thibaut: How Children and Adults Make Sense of the World. Cognitive and Intercultural Aspects

Even when they build conceptual knowledge in very formal domains such as math, both children and adults are influenced by object properties that are irrelevant in these domains.

Cognitive and Intercultural aspects

Benjamin Bennett-Carpenter: The War of Words: A Glossary of Globalization by Harold James and Capitalism: The Story Behind the Word by Michael Sonenscher.

Two fairly recent books on my bookshelf stand out for their focus on words connected to global studies. Those words are “globalization” and “capitalism.”

Capitalism: the story behind the word