middle east office

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.

The Changing Balance of Power in the Multilateral Trading System

Geo-economics and Strategy Conference: Trade and Flag

The future of the multilateral trading system and the challenge posed by regional trading blocs was the focus of the latest Geo-economics and Strategy Conference. Pascal Lamy and Dr Supachai Panitchpakdi, former Directors-General of the WTO, were joined by renowned trade policy specialists and trade ministers from the GCC and other Asian countries.

Strategic Comment

South Sudan's persistent strife

While diplomats attempt to find a lasting solution to a long-standing political rivalry that sparked widespread conflict in December 2013, millions of South Sudanese are experiencing an acute humanitarian crisis.

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.

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.

e-book

The Manama Dialogue 2013

Read the digital edition of The Manama Dialogue Report 2013 in an online reader, in English and Arabic, with links to video and transcripts of all Plenary Sessions. Available for all devices, or to download and read offline.