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Abdullatif Al Zayani, the Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, called for more collective action by Gulf States. However, the Omani Foreign Minister, speaking from the floor, strongly rejected the development of the GCC into a closer formal union.
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US Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel used his speech at the Manama Dialogue to reassure America’s Gulf allies. On the recent deal with Iran, he stressed ‘We have bought time for negotiations, not deception. All of us are clear-eyed.’
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British Foreign Secretary William Hague gave the keynote address at the 2013 Manama Dialogue which opened Friday. He said that the UK will intensify foreign policy and security cooperation with its partners in the Gulf.
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The conflict in Syria dominated discussion in a special debate co-hosted by Sky News Arabia on Friday night before the formal opening of the Manama Dialogue.
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Dr Toby Dodge's Adelphi has been named one of The Economist's books of the year. According to the magazine, the book 'offers a clear, concise and unsparing view of Iraq’s continuing agony. A tale worthy of Shakespeare.' Buy the Adelphi now at a discounted price of £10. Offer for a limited time only.
The frenetic diplomacy the Gulf region is witnessing, after the nuclear deal struck in Geneva 10 days ago between the great powers and Iran, may finally amount to more than the polite theatre of recent years says Emile Hokayem.
The 9th IISS Regional Security Summit is taking place from 6-8 December in Manama
The latest IISS annual assessment of global events analyses a year dominated by upheaval in the Arab world, especially in Syria and Egypt.
The latest edition of the institute’s flagship book has essays on the wars in Afghanistan and Syria, and on trends in capabilities.
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Kevin Rudd, the former Prime Minister of Australia who recently announced his retirement from frontline politics, will deliver the 2013 Alastair Buchan Memorial Lecture on Monday 16 December.
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