IISS Manama Dialogue – Summit resources


A highly distinguished group of officials and experts from the Middle East and beyond gathered in Bahrain for the IISS Manama Dialogue on 8–10 December 2017, where they analysed the region's most pressing security questions.

Links to video recordings and session transcripts are published below, as well as on the IISS YouTube channel. Photos from the summit are published on the IISS Flickr stream.

Catch up on the social media debate around the conference using #IISSMD17.

See the summit agenda

All events took place at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa. Plenary sessions were on the record; special sessions were off the record.



21.00 AST - Opening Dinner and Special Address

Host: HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, Kingdom of Bahrain
Keynote Speech: Sir John Jenkins, Corresponding Executive Director, IISSMiddle East



09.20 AST - Opening of the Summit
Dr John Chipman, Director-General and Chief Executive, IISS

09.30 AST - Plenary 1 - Creating a Stable Regional Security Architecture

Ayman Safadi, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Jordan
Sh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bahrain
General (Retd) David Petraeus, Chairman, KKR Global Institute; former Director, Central Intelligence Agency, US


11.30 AST - Plenary 2 - Political and Military Responses to Extremism in the Middle East

Gavin Williamson, Secretary of State for Defence, UK
Faleh Al Fayad, National Security Adviser, Iraq
Dr Anwar Mohammad Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, UAE

17.30 AST - Plenary 3 - Evolving International Partnerships in the Middle East

Taro Kono, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Japan
Mobashar Jawed Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs, India
Sayyid Badr bin Hamad Al Busaidi, Secretary-General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oman 



11.30 AST - Plenary 4 - Regional Conflicts and Terrorism: Policy Options

Professor Toby Dodge, Consulting Senior Fellow for the Middle East, IISS; Director, Middle East Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science
John Raine, Senior Adviser for Geo-Political Due Diligence, IISS
Emile Hokayem, Senior Fellow for Middle East Security, IISS