MANAMA, 8 December 2016: The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) is pleased to announce that the British Foreign Secretary, The Right Honourable Boris Johnson MP, will deliver the Keynote speech at this year’s Manama Dialogue, taking place on 9–11 December.
The 12th Manama Dialogue, held annually in the Kingdom of Bahrain, will focus on constructive and collective responses to the conflicts in Syria and Iraq, instability in Libya and Yemen, the menace of violent extremism, and debate the regional security architecture. The future of US policy – a month after the presidential elections – as well as European and Asian engagements in the region will also be at the centre of the discussions.
This annual IISS summit provides a platform for national security establishments and governmental delegations from over 20 countries to exchange views on regional security challenges. This year’s forum will gather the highest level of policymakers from across the globe: defence ministers, foreign ministers, national security advisers, and military and intelligence chiefs. It is also an opportunity for business, non-governmental commentators and analysts and journalists to engage in a stimulating and productive debate.
Dr John Chipman, Director-General and Chief Executive of the IISS, said, ‘Each year, with this regional security summit, we take the temperature, measure the pulse and analyse the direction of change in the Middle East. I am delighted that Boris Johnson has agreed to give the Keynote speech and we expect delegates to be keenly interested in his views on the region and on UK strategy towards it.’
Sir John Jenkins, Executive Director IISS–Middle East added, ‘At a time of enormous turmoil and human agony in the Middle East, we need constantly to seek to improve our understanding of the scale of the challenges involved and agree on effective policy responses. The Manama Dialogue is designed to help us do precisely that.’