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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.

Expert: Sir John Jenkins

Sir John Jenkins

Executive Director, IISS-Middle East

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The battle for Mosul

Iraqi government and allied forces are poised to decisively retake Mosul from the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, within the next few months. But the presence of ISIS in Syria will still pose the risk of the group's resurgence in Iraq until the Iraq–Syria border is secure and ISIS has been denied control of Raqqa, its Syrian base and self-declared capital.

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    Video: Ursula von der Leyen, German Defence Minister

    11 December 2016.  Ursula von der Leyen, Germany's Federal Minister of Defence, talks about combating extremism in the Middle East and beyond.

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    Video: Highlights from Day 2 of the IISS Manama Dialogue

    11 December 2016.  Ashton Carter, US Secretary of Defense, spoke in the opening Plenary Session on the Saturday of the 12th IISS Manama Dialogue. Watch the highlights from the second day of the Middle East's premier defence diplomacy summit.

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    No cats, but same old traps

    11 December 2016.  Recent aircraft losses by the Russian navy have provided a salutary reminder of the demanding nature of fixed-wing aircraft operations at sea. Here, Douglas Barrie explains what operational insights can be gleaned from the incidents.

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    The neglected Israeli–Palestinian conflict

    11 December 2016.  A series of high-profile events in the Middle East, from the Arab Spring to the rise of the Islamic State, have pulled the world’s gaze away from the Israeli­­–Palestinian conflict. Elisabeth Marteu argues that because its resolution is not anyone’s priority, this open wound in the Middle East is taking a turn for the worse.

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    Video: Highlights from Day 3 of the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue

    11 December 2016.  The 12th IISS Manama Dialogue came to an end with a final Plenary Session titled 'Towards a New Regional Security Architecture'. Here are all the highlights from the third and last day of the Middle East's premier defence diplomacy summit.

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    Video: Ayad Allawi, Vice President of Iraq

    10 December 2016.  Ayad Allawi, Vice President of Iraq, discusses his country's path to being a peaceful inclusive nation.

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    Video: Highlights from Day 1 of the IISS Manama Dialogue 2016

    10 December 2016.  The UK Foreign Secretary, the Right Honourable Boris Johnson MP, delivered the Keynote Speech on the opening night of the 12th IISS Manama Dialogue. Here are all the highlights from the first day of the Middle East's premier defence diplomacy summit.

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    Video: The Iran nuclear deal

    10 December 2016.  Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of IISS–Americas, discusses the Iran nuclear deal at this years IISS Manama Dialogue. He notes that although President-elect Donald Trump has spoken harshly about the deal, he will be smart enough not to rip it up first – he'll put pressure on Iran, and then see how it responds.

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    Defence spending in the Middle East and the price of oil

    09 December 2016.  Estimated defence spending in the Middle East and North Africa increased dramatically in the years following the Arab Spring. But, as Lucie Béraud-Sudreau explains, the sharp drop in oil prices from 2014 onwards is placing new economic and fiscal constraints on oil-exporter states, and forcing them to re-examine their spending priorities.

  • Events

    The IISS Manama Dialogue 2016

    09 December 2016. 

    12th Regional Security Summit
    Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa, Manama
    9–11 December 2016

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