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A Decade of The IISS Manama Dialogue: Premier Regional Security Summit in the Gulf

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  • Foreword

    For all of its long history the IISS has been a facilitator of strategic discussion and debate in the service of better public policy. In 2002, with the first IISS Shangri-La Dialogue Asia Security Summit held in Singapore, the IISS began directly to inspire intergovernmental defence diplomacy. Our analysis of the Asia-Pacific security landscape suggested that it was necessary for a regional security architecture to be developed that would invite...
  • The Manama Dialogue 2004

    The rationale for the Gulf Dialogue was articulated most eloquently and powerfully by the backdrop against which it was convened: an intensifying insurgency in Iraq, with elections scheduled for January 2005; a crisis over Iran’s nuclear programme, put into temporary abeyance by a deal reached in late November between Tehran, London, Paris and Berlin; the death of Yasser Arafat and the prospect of elections for a new Palestinian leader; and...
  • The Manama Dialogue 2005

    An array of senior figures from 19 countries attended the second IISS Regional Security Summit, The Gulf Dialogue, in Bahrain from 2–4 December 2005. There was intense discussion about counter-terrorism, on means to deal with other regional security issues and, in particular, about Iraq and the relationships between Arab states and Iran. The conference featured vigorous debate in the plenary sessions and break-out groups. Officials engaged in many private bilateral meetings...
  • The Manama Dialogue 2006

    The pressing security challenges of the Gulf and its surrounding region were intensively addressed at the 3rd IISS Regional Security Summit, The Manama Dialogue, held in Bahrain from 8–10 December 2006. At the close of the Dialogue, Dr John Chipman, IISS Director-General and Chief Executive, said it had demonstrated the value of creating an informal, inclusive mechanism for discussing regional security issues. Delegation leaders had requested that the IISS develop and...
  • The Manama Dialogue 2007

    A forthright address by Robert Gates, US Secretary of Defense, was the highlight of the fourth IISS Manama Dialogue, held in Bahrain from 7–9 December 2007. The Regional Security Summit took place just a few days after the US Director of National Intelligence had issued a National Intelligence Estimate concluding that Iran had been conducting a nuclear weapons programme, but that this had been suspended in 2003. The week, Gates told delegates...
  • The Manama Dialogue 2008

    Iran’s nuclear programme, piracy at sea and the future of Afghanistan were among the themes extensively discussed at the Manama Dialogue in Bahrain from 12 to 14 December 2008.  Opening the Fifth IISS Regional Security Summit, John Chipman, IISS Director-General and Chief Executive, noted that this was a time of transition to the administration of US President-elect Barack Obama. Rather than waiting for his policies to emerge, other countries needed to...
  • The Manama Dialogue 2009

    Pressing threats to regional security, including Iran’s nuclear programme and the conflict in Yemen involving Houthi rebels, were vigorously discussed at the 6th IISS Regional Security Summit, held in Manama, Bahrain from 11 to 13 December 2009.  Iran sent a strong delegation to the Manama Dialogue. Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki addressed the first plenary session and caused a flurry of media stories when his answer to a question was interpreted as...
  • The Manama Dialogue 2010

    The drivers and dynamics of regional security in the Gulf region and their links to global strategic affairs were once again the subjects of intense debates at the 7th IISS Regional Security Summit: The Manama Dialogue held in Manama, Bahrain, from 3–5 December. The largest number to date of top government officials, military officers and seasoned analysts of international and regional affairs from the Middle East, Asia, Europe and North...
  • The Manama Dialogue 2012

    The impact of Arab revolutions on the Middle East’s regional order provided the backdrop for the 8th Manama Dialogue, held in Bahrain on 7–9 December 2012. The Regional Security Summit, convened after a one-year hiatus, attracted an attendance of senior government officials, military officers, national-security practitioners, political analysts and journalists from the Middle East, Asia, Europe and North America.  Participants reflected on a fast-changing regional security agenda, which has significantly broadened...
  • The Manama Dialogue 2013

    A fast-changing regional environment in the Middle East was the focus of the 9th Manama Dialogue, successfully held in Bahrain on 6–8 December 2013. The Regional Security Summit once again brought together senior government, diplomatic and military officials as well as parliamentarians, senior analysts and journalists from the Middle East, North America, Europe and Asia to discuss the regional and domestic threats and opportunities affecting Middle Eastern stability. This year’s regional...
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