Major forum on British ties opens.
The Bahrain Centre for Strategic, International and Energy Studies is holding the symposium in co-operation with the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI).
The event is being held under the theme 'External Factors Influencing British-Bahraini Relations: Trans-regional Co-operation Protests".
Public Security chief Major-General Tareq Al Hassan, British Ambassador Iain Lindsay and RUSI international security director Dr Jonathan Eyal will address the opening session.
"The think-tank aims at exchanging views on regional security and stability and developing Bahrain-Britain relations," the centre's board chairman Dr Mohammed Abdulghaffar said.
Security and defence specialists from the UK, Russia, China, Japan, India and Turkey, in addition to Bahrain, will take part.
The second specialised session will be held under the theme 'Iran As Player In The Gulf'.
The impact of trade and investments on Bahrain's security will be the focal point in the third session.
The fourth session will spotlight the topic 'Bahrain-Britain security relations in times of austerity and political change'.
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