The IISS will convene the 9th Regional Security Summit: The Manama Dialogue, from 6 to 8 December 2013.

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 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 9th 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 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.