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In the final session of this year's IISS Manama Dialogue, IISS experts offered up their analysis of the current shape of regional conflicts, with the cyber domain emphasised as a particularly important battleground.
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In a lively and wide-ranging discussion, both in terms of subjects and geographical scope, the third plenary session saw foreign ministers from Japan, India and Oman all call for the building of collaborative partnerships to foster prosperity.
'Trump's Jerusalem decision is a gift to radicalism', said UAE Foreign Minister Dr Anwar Mohammad Gargash, who, alongside UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson and Iraqi National Security Adviser Faleh Al Fayad, led a discussion in Saturday's second plenary session on how to respond to extremism.
In Saturday's opening session, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, and former CIA Director General (Retd) David Petraeus, highlighted regional security challenges and offered ways to create a stable regional security architecture.
The sustained recovery and rise of Iran, and the emergence of radical Islamist ideology, are the most significant developments in the Middle East in the past 30 years, said Sir John Jenkins in his opening address.
The 13th IISS Manama Dialogue took place in the Kingdom of Bahrain from 8–10 December.
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