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Author of Why Nations Fail to speak at SALISES Distinguished Lecture

For Release Upon Receipt - April 25, 2017

St. Augustine

– The Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) of The University of the West Indies (The UWI), St. Augustine in collaboration with the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago present the 18th Annual SALISES Conference under the theme, Small Nations, Dislocations, Transformations, Sustainable Development in SIDS. Headlining this year’s Distinguished Lecture is developmental scholar and 2017 Sir Arthur Lewis Distinguished Lecturer, Professor James A. Robinson of the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy. He is widely recognised as the award-winning co-author of Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty. The public is invited to attend the Distinguished Lecture on April 27 from 7 to 9pm at the Hyatt Regency Port of Spain, Regency V.


The SALISES conference rotates annually among The UWI’s three landed Campuses and highlights scholarly and other Caribbean development products with the capstone of a Distinguished Lecture. Professor James Robinson is the Dr. Richard L. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies and University Professor at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago and Faculty Director of the Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts. He has a particular interest in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa.  His role as co-author of Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty, with Daron Acemoglu, the Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics at MIT has garnered him international acclaim. Translated into 32 languages since its publication in 2012, the book offers a unique historic exploration of why some countries have flourished economically while others have fallen into poverty. He has also written and coauthored numerous books and articles, including the much lauded Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy (also with Acemoglu).


The SALISES conference takes place from April 26 to 28 with a public opening ceremony on April 26 from 6.30pm to 9pm at the Hyatt Regency, Port-of-Spain. The opening ceremony and Distinguished Lecture are both free to attend. For additional queries, please contact Francine B. Alleyne or Cathy-Ann Modeste at 662-2002 ext. 82391/2 or email For more details about the conference, please visit their website:





About The UWI

Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in BarbadosJamaicaTrinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. Website:


(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)