Middle East and the Gulf

Middle East and the Gulf

With a local office, the IISS has long been involved in the Middle East, attracting leading global policy-makers to its summits on regional security. IISS-Middle East works closely with other offices on research into Iran's nuclear programme, the Arab Spring and other topics.

'The most important regional security conference in the Middle East.'

Former US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on the IISS Regional Security Summit, the Manama Dialogue


Iraq: From War to a New Authoritarianism

Nuri al-Maliki's dominance of the security forces gives him control. However, his attempts to centralise power in his own hands and marginalise his rivals could destabilise Iraqi politics or reignite civil war, writes Dr Toby Dodge in this Adelphi book which was named one of The Economist's books of 2013.

Manama Dialogue 2013

Hague gives Keynote Address

British Foreign Secretary William Hague gave the keynote address at the 2013 Manama Dialogue. He said that the UK will intensify foreign policy and security cooperation with its partners in the Gulf.

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