This event examined missile-defence cooperation in the Gulf following the publication of a new Strategic Dossier written by IISS Consulting Senior Fellow for Missile Defence, Michael Elleman, and Professor Toby Dodge, IISS Consulting Senior Fellow for The Middle East.

Drawing on the findings of the new Dossier, Missile-Defence Cooperation in the Gulf, the event addressed the ongoing policy debate on Middle Eastern collective security. It provided an insight into the development of Iran’s missile capabilities over several decades and parallel efforts by Gulf Arab states to counter the threat they pose.


Professor Toby Dodge is a Consulting Senior Fellow for the Middle East at the IISS and a political scientist whose main areas of interest include the Middle East, intervention, the comparative politics of state-building and foreign-policy analysis. He is a Professor of International Relations and Director of the Middle East Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Toby's publications include three books, Inventing Iraq: The failure of Nation Building and a History Denied (2003), Iraq's Future: The Aftermath of Regime Change (2005), Iraq: From War to a New Authoritarianism (2013). He has published articles in the Washington Post, Le Monde Diplomatique, The Times, the Guardian, the Observer, and the Independent on Sunday.

Michael Elleman is Senior Fellow for Regional Security Cooperation at the IISS. Before joining the IISS, Mr Elleman spent five years at Booz Allen Hamilton where he supported the implementation of cooperative threat reduction programmes sponsored by the US Department of Defense and the Department of Energy. Previously, he spent 18 months at the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission as a missile expert for weapons inspection missions in Iraq. Prior to joining the UN, he spent two decades as a scientist at Lockheed Martin’s Research and Development Laboratory, where his activities focused on solid propellants, weapons elimination technologies, nuclear effects and special materials research.


This event was chaired by Adam Ward, Director of Studies, IISS. It took place in the fifth-floor Lee Kuan Yew Conference Room at Arundel House, 13-15 Arundel Street, Temple Place, London WC2R 3DX*.

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Event details

Dossier launch
Michael Elleman, Consulting Senior Fellow for Missile Defence, IISS
Professor Toby Dodge, Consulting Senior Fellow for The Middle East, IISS; Director, Middle East Centre, London School of Economics
Arundel House, London
Thursday 1 December 2016, 5.30–6.30pm