Urbanization and the Future of Conflict
Dr David Kilcullen, Chief Strategist, Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism, US State Department (2005-06); Author, Out of the Mountains: The Coming Age of the Urban Guerrilla
Chair: Professor Theo Farrell, Head of the Department of War Studies, King's College London
Experts predict that almost 75 per cent of the world's population will be living in coastal areas by the middle of the 21st century, with the vast majority concentrated in cities. Drawing on case studies ranging from the Mumbai terrorist attacks to the Somali, Libyan and Syrian civil wars, Dr David Kilcullen will argue that rapid, unplanned coastal urbanization will bring enormous challenges and potential conflict, with increasing overlaps between crime and war, internal and external threats, and the real and virtual worlds. However, he will also discuss how these developments could create unprecedented opportunities for human wellbeing, if cities are able to adapt to this changing environment.