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IISS-Middle East launches 2014 Manama dialogue research agenda

The International Institute for Strategic Studies convened its annual Manama Dialogue Preparatory Sherpa Meeting

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The International Institute for Strategic Studies convened its annual Manama Dialogue Preparatory Sherpa Meeting on Monday in Bahrain.

The process seeks to address the regional security architecture to advancing Gulf policy. On May 14, the United States and GCC defense ministers conducted their first meeting in six years.

While on a trip to Saudi Arabia last week, U.S. Defense Secretary Hagel stated: “As I said at the Manama Dialogue last December, America’s engagement with Gulf nations is intended to support and facilitate, not replace, stronger multilateral ties within the GCC.”

This year’s IISS Preparatory Sherpa Meeting launched the 2014 Manama Dialogue Research Agenda, which will serve as a framework for the Manama Dialogue and research activities of the IISS-Middle East headquarters generating key analysis for regional leaders in defense and diplomacy. The 2014 Manama Dialogue Research Agenda central themes are: The Spillover from Syria, The Role of Outside Powers in the Gulf and Iran’s Nuclear Negotiations and Afterwards, according to a press release.

Mark Allworthy, Managing Director, IISS-Middle East said: “In convening these meetings we hope to build an informal dialogue as well as even an enduring network between senior governmental officials where discussions can be detailed and focused but also relaxed and unhindered by the need to reach agreement or finalize a communique. This dialogue both feeds and is fed by our own substantive research and completes a virtuous circle”

The 10th Manama Dialogue will convene between December 5 – 7, 2014.