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    12th Regional Security Summit

    IISS Manama Dialogue 2016 draws to a close

    The Middle East's premier defence security summit has reached its conclusion. Over three days, the world's leading policymakers gathered to examine the Middle East's most pressing security questions.


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    12th Regional Security Summit

    Johnson hails new era for UK in Gulf

    The British Foreign Secretary, The Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, emphasised the UK's renewed commitment to the Gulf in his opening Keynote. 'Britain is back, east of Suez', he said.


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    IISS Manama Dialogue First Plenary Session

    Mutual interest requires mutual commitment

    In the first plenary session, US Secretary of Defense Dr Ashton Carter urged Middle East nations to 'get in the game' and join efforts aimed at ensuring regional stability.


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    IISS Manama Dialogue Second Plenary Session

    Regional dialogue needs to be built on trust

    In this wide-ranging discussion, Ayad Allawi, Sameh Shoukry and Sheikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Al Khalifa shared their understanding of how regional powers can shape Middle East stability, and suggested that for regional cooperation initiatives to be successful, greater trust between Arab nations and Iran is needed.


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    IISS Manama Dialogue Third Plenary Session

    Battle against extremism will be won with ideas

    Germany's Ursula von der Leyen, France's Jean-Yves Le Drian and Singapore's Ng Eng Hen delivered thoughtful analyses of how to disrupt extremist ideology and formulate coordinated responses to evolving terrorist threats. 


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    IISS Manama Dialogue Fourth Plenary Session

    Evolving threats require greater coordination

    Japan's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Kentaro Sonoura, and General (Retd) David Petraeus, examined the challenges facing East Asia and the Middle East respectively, and how policymakers should reach out to each other to find answers to enduring questions, from extremism to nuclear and ballistic missile proliferation.


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    IISS Manama Dialogue Fifth Plenary Session

    Seeking stability through cooperation

    In this concluding Plenary, Dr Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary General of the League of Arab States, and Sartaj Aziz, Advisor to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on Foreign Affairs and National Security, inspired a lively debate about regional cooperation, power balances and sovereignty.


  1. 12th Regional Security Summit

  2. 12th Regional Security Summit

  3. IISS Manama Dialogue First Plenary Session

  4. IISS Manama Dialogue Second Plenary Session

  5. IISS Manama Dialogue Third Plenary Session

  6. IISS Manama Dialogue Fourth Plenary Session

  7. IISS Manama Dialogue Fifth Plenary Session

IISS Posts

IISS Manama Dialogue 2016: Commentary and Analysis by IISS experts

Strategic Survey 2016

Institutions of world order crumbling

Now in its 50th edition, Strategic Survey 2016 provides in-depth analysis of the significant events and strategic decisions of the year.

The IISS Digital Annual Review

Driving Strategic Thought and Action

The IISS’s inaugural online Annual Review highlights its key achievements in 2015–16.

the military balance

The Military Balance 2016

The annual assessment of the military capabilities and defence economics of over 171 countries. It is an indispensable handbook for anyone conducting serious studies of security policy and military affairs.

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