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IISS-Middle East

The International Institute for Strategic Studies - Manama, Bahrain

The Manama office serves as a base for the Institute's many research programmes and activities throughout the region. It acts as a link to IISS initiatives in Europe, North America and Asia.

IISS announces the appointment of Sir John Jenkins as Executive Director IISS–Middle East

The IISS is delighted to announce the appointment of Sir John Jenkins as Executive Director of the IISS–Middle East as of 27 January 2015.  Sir John serves at present as the UK ambassador to the Saudi Arabia, and has previously been ambassador to Iraq, Syria and Libya.

10th IISS Regional Security Summit

Manama Dialogue 2014

The 10th IISS Regional Security Summit: the Manama Dialogue will convene from 5-7 December 2014 in Bahrain.

Analysing the Arab Spring

Since early 2011, the institute has been researching and reporting on the political changes that have radically altered the Middle East and North African region.

Latest Middle East Posts

Adelphi Book

Iraq's new authoritarianism

The country is descending into a new dictatorship, says leading scholar Dr Toby Dodge in his latest Adelphi book which has been named one of The Economist's books of 2013.

Middle East Expert Series

Cyber security in the Gulf

How can governments and private organisations in the Gulf best protect themselves against online attack? A panel of experts at IISS-Middle East discusses cyber security in the region