• Expert Commentary

    Independent: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

    28 January 2015.  On 21 January, Iraq Inquiry chairman Sir John Chilcot announced that the investigative report would not be published before the UK general election in May 2015. Amid growing frustration at this delay, Consulting Fellow for the Middle East Toby Dodge reflected on his experience in 2002 of briefing then-prime minister Tony Blair on the potential negative outcomes of an invasion. Speaking to the Independent, Dodge described how he and five...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Matthew Harries: Trident and the spectre of unilateralism

    23 January 2015.  On 20 January, the House of Commons debated the motion that 'this House believes that Trident should not be renewed'. Parliament voted in 2007 to renew the United Kingdom’s nuclear forces – but after eight years and a reported £1.24 billion in spending on the successor programme, it is still not entirely clear what will happen once the current generation of ballistic-missile submarines begins to leave service around 20 years...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Alex Nicoll: UK constitution - a three-act play

    17 December 2014.  Scotland’s vote in September to remain within the United Kingdom was but one step in what could turn out to be a constitutional upheaval. The outcome might be a very different kind of country. Or it might not be. At this stage, it is impossible to tell. As it turns out, the decisive outcome of the referendum did not even resolve the issue of Scotland’s future. As I wrote in...

  • Manama Voices

    James Hackett: Developing Lebanon's armed forces

    07 December 2014.  By James Hackett, Senior Fellow for Defence and Military Analysis It was understandable that much debate during the second plenary session at the tenth Manama Dialogue would, in common with many speeches and questions over the weekend, focus on the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and extremist ideologies. One section of the speech by France's defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian reminded delegates that this...

  • Manama Voices

    Christian Le Miere: UK returning East of Suez

    06 December 2014.  By Christian Le Mière, Senior Fellow for Naval Forces and Maritime Security Speaking at the Manama Dialogue, UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond announced the signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding with Bahrain that will allow for the construction of a naval base in the country. The Middle East is the most visited theatre of operations for the Royal Navy beyond Europe. There are four Sandown-class mine countermeasures vessels forward deployed in the region...

  • Manama Dialogue

    Strategic Priorities in the Middle East

    06 December 2014. 

    IISS Manama Dialogue 2014: 10th Regional Security Summit
    First Plenary Session

  • Manama Dialogue

    Strategic Priorities in the Middle East: Q&A

    06 December 2014. 

    IISS Manama Dialogue 2014: 10th Regional Security Summit
    First Plenary Session Q&A
    Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bahrain 
    Sameh Shoukry, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Egypt
    Philip Hammond, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, UK

  • Manama Dialogue

    Strategic Priorities in the Middle East: Philip Hammond

    06 December 2014. 

    IISS Manama Dialogue 2014: 10th Regional Security Summit
    First Plenary Session
    Philip Hammond
    Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, UK

  • Manama Dialogue

    Collective Approaches to Current Security Issues

    06 December 2014. 

    IISS Manama Dialogue 2014: 10th Regional Security Summit
    Fourth Plenary Session

  • Manama Dialogue

    Collective Approaches to Current Security Issues: Plenary Discussion

    06 December 2014. 

    The IISS Manama Dialogue 2014: 10th Regional Security Summit
    Fourth Plenary Session
    Dr Abdullatif Al Zayani
    Secretary General, Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf 
    John Baird
    Minister of Foreign Affairs, Canada
    Michael Fallon
    Secretary of State for Defence, UK

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