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MENA economies: Positioning for a new world (dis)order

IISS Bahrain Bay Forum

The next IISS Bahrain Bay Forum will take place on 16–17 September 2017 in Manama, Bahrain.

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  • Events

    MENA economies: Positioning for a new world (dis)order

    16 September 2017. 

    16–17 September
    Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, Manama
    Select speakers:
    Mr Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister, Sweden; Member of the Council, IISS
    HE Mr Amr Al-Garhy, Minister of Finance, Arab Republic of Egypt
    Dr Joachim von Amsberg, Vice President, Policy and Strategy, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
    HE Mr Khalid Al-Rumaihi, Chief Executive, Bahrain Economic Development Board

  • Events

    India's Foreign Policy: A Mid-Term Review

    24 February 2017. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Manish Tewari, Official Spokesperson, Congress (I) Party, Former Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, India
    Arundel House, London
    Friday 24 February 2017, 3–4pm GMT

  • Events

    Bangladesh: Economy, Investment Climate and Future Prospects

    13 February 2017. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Abul Maal A Muhith, Minister of Finance, People's Republic of Bangladesh
    Arundel House, London
    Monday 13 February 2017, 11am–12pm GMT

  • Events

    Saudi Arabia’s economy and Vision 2030: an IMF assessment

    31 January 2017. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Tim Callen, Mission Chief, IMF
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 31 January 2017, 10.30–11.30am GMT

  • Events

    Adelphi Book Launch: Business and Conflict in Fragile States

    16 September 2016. 

    Book Launch
    Dr Brian Ganson, Head of the Africa Centre for Dispute Settlement, University of Stellenbosch Business School
    Dr Achim Wennmann, Senior Researcher at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
    Arundel House, London
    Friday 16 September 2016, 12.30–1.30PM BST

  • Adelphi Books

    Business and Conflict in Fragile States

    08 June 2016. 

    There are a number of contemporary international responses to business and conflict in fragile states. But are there alternatives to the dominant international approaches that could perhaps better address destructive conflicts related to large-scale business operations in fragile states? This Adelphi explores these alternatives, showing how even acute conflict can be manageable, and providing analysis and conclusions that will interest business leaders, policymakers and community advocates alike.

  • Events

    War by Other Means: Geoeconomics and Statecraft

    08 June 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Jennifer M. Harris, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 8 June 2016, 12.30–1.30PM BST

  • Strategic Comments

    US–Saudi relations: between friction and accommodation

    18 March 2016. 

    US–Saudi relations have always been transactional, driven by US strategic interests and Saudi threat perceptions. After decades of relative stability, greater US energy independence and differences over the Iran nuclear deal, the Arab Spring and Syria have caused their interests and policies to diverge. 

  • IISS Voices

    Imran Khan: India and Japan - evolving strategic and economic ties

    15 December 2015.  The deepening bilateral ties between India and Japan are expected to boost two objectives; one is economic, the other strategic, says Imran Khan

  • Expert Commentary

    The Hindu: India, Japan chart Asia’s peaceful rise

    15 December 2015.  By Sanjaya Baru, Director for Geo-Economics and Strategy Standing next to him on the banks of the Ganga, Prime Minister Narendra Modi could well have recalled the words of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, uttered a hundred years ago in July 1916, to an audience of young students in Tokyo: “I offer, as did my ancestor rishis, my salutation to that sunrise of the East, which is destined once again to illumine the whole...

Business and Conflict in Fragile States

Even acute conflict can be manageable, says this Adelphi. It provides key insights for business leaders, policymakers and community advocates.