The IISS will convene the 12th Regional Security Summit: The IISS Manama Dialogue, from 9-11 December 2016.
Organised annually, the IISS Manama Dialogue provides a forum for the national security establishments of the participating states to exchange views on regional security challenges. It is a unique forum in that it is made up of governmental delegations from over 20 countries, including not only the states of the region and the immediate neighbourhood, but also the outside powers with security interests in the Gulf.
The IISS Manama Dialogue provides opportunities for government leaders to deliver vitally important public statements about the evolving policy approaches to regional security. Crucially, it also facilitates private bilateral and multilateral meetings between participating states in order to advance immediate policy goals. Against this background, senior officials are able to engage with the leading experts in the region in a manner that can help to animate fresh policy thinking.
The 12th meeting will draw together the highest concentration to date of policy-makers involved in regional security, and delegations comprised a measured blend of prime ministers, defence ministers, foreign ministers, national security advisors, and military and intelligence chiefs.
The IISS Manama Dialogue process is maturing into the most important regional security meeting in the Middle East and is an excellent anchor for regional security diplomacy.
‘[I am] extremely proud of what we have been able to achieve in partnership over the past ten years. I know that this forum is one of the most important in the world.’
HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa
Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, Bahrain, 2014
'As the Manama Dialogue enters its second decade, the IISS will continue to strive hard to offer the most congenial environment for constructive defence and security consultations to take root.'
Dr John Chipman
Director-General & CEO, IISS, 2014
'I want to congratulate the International Institute for Strategic Studies for the vision of this Dialogue and for convening what I am sure will be another thought-provoking conference. Every year this dialogue makes a valuable contribution to regional security, by giving the Gulf States and their partners the chance to discuss urgent challenges, bring new issues to light and find avenues for common action, toward common goals.'
Then-Secretary of State, US, 2010
'[The] Manama Dialogue [is] the primary security forum for the Middle East, just as the Shangri-La summit in Singapore is the primary security forum for the Asia-Pacific region.'
Jean-Yves Le Drian
Minister of Defence, France, 2014
'This annual conference, which grows in importance every year, has, been able to attract the elite from among senior political, academic and military figures, and specialists.’
Dr Abdullatif Al Zayani
Secretary General, Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, 2014