This was the first event in the IISS Manama Dialogue 2017 Discussion Series. This series, focusing on political, economic, social, and security challenges in and around the Middle East and North Africa, will be held before and after the IISS Manama Dialogue in December. This event was a timely discussion about jihadi extremism, the political pivot points in Syria and Iraq, and what lies ahead in the Middle East.
This event was chaired by Mark Fitzpatrick, IISS–Americas Executive Director. It took place on Thursday 28 September, from 10–11am, at the IISS–Americas office, located at 2121 K Street NW, Suite 801, Washington DC 20037.
Robin Wright is a journalist and author, a joint fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson International Center, and a contributing writer at The New Yorker. Wright has reported from more than 140 countries on six continents. Her Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion across the Islamic World won the 2012 Overseas Press Club award for best book on international affairs. Her eight other books include The Iran Primer: Power, Politics and U.S. Policy and The Islamists are Coming: Who They Really Are.
As a journalist, she has written for the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, the Sunday Times, CBS News, The Atlantic, the New York Times Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, TIME, Foreign Affairs and others. Wright has also been a fellow at the Brookings Institution, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Yale, Duke, Stanford, Dartmouth and the University of California. She won the UN Correspondents Association Gold Medal for coverage of foreign affairs, the Overseas Press Club Award for ‘best reporting in any medium requiring exceptional courage and initiative’, and the National Press Club Award for best diplomatic reporting. The American Academy of Diplomacy selected her as the journalist of the year.
Organised annually, the IISS Manama Dialogue provides a platform for participating states to exchange views on regional challenges. This year’s Dialogue takes place amid a set of political, economic, social, and security challenges in and around the Middle East and North Africa of a global importance and urgency that we have not seen for decades. The IISS provides a vital forum for some of the most powerful policymakers from the region and beyond to agree on ways to address such pressing challenges collectively.
Mark Fitzpatrick is the Executive Director of the IISS–Americas, as well as head of the IISS Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Programme. He joined IISS in 2005, after 26 years at the State Department, and moved back to Washington in December 2015. His research focus is on preventing nuclear dangers through non-proliferation, nuclear security, and arms control. Follow Mark Fitzpatrick @FitzpatrickIISS.