Manama Dialogue will size up Gulf security challenges.
Byline: Habib Toumi, Bureau Chief
Manama: The state of Iran-US relations, the future framework of Gulf security and security challenges in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan will top the agenda of the Manama Dialogue to be hosted in the Bahraini capital from December 11-13, organisers have said.
Leaders and decision-makers from at least 20 countries will also address maritime security, military transformation and security cooperation in the Gulf besides the role of non-state actors over six plenary sessions and group discussions, sources from the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) is a British research institute (or think tank) in the area of international affairs. It describes itself as "the world’s leading authority on political-military conflict". (IISS IISS International Institute for Strategic Studies (London, UK)
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Regional security in a geo-economic context, regional security cooperation, the US and regional security, regional security architecture, nuclear power, energy and security, and Afghanistan, Southwest Asia Southwest Asia or Southwestern Asia (largely overlapping with the Middle East) is the southwestern portion of Asia. The term Western Asia is sometimes used in writings about the archeology and the late prehistory of the region, and in the United States subregion and the Gulf will be debated in the plenary sessions of the regional security summit.
However, no special plenary session or even break-up group discussion has been designated for an exclusive debate on Iran and its perceived role in the region, a theme that dominated past regional security discussions.
Iran in 2006 was the focus of the annual summit with its foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki grabbing official and media limelight.
However, in 2007, the US attended in force and the forthright address by Robert Gates, US Secretary of Defence, was the highlight of the fourth IISS Manama Dialogue. The summit took place just a few days after the US Director of National Intelligence had issued a National Intelligence Estimate concluding that Iran had been conducting a nuclear weapons programme, but that it had been suspended in 2003.
Gates told delegates that while Iran, for the first time, embraced as valid an assessment of the United States intelligence community Noun 1. United States Intelligence Community - a group of government agencies and organizations that carry out intelligence activities for the United States government; headed by the Director of Central Intelligence , he hoped that Tehran would also accept its conclusions on its support for its uranium enrichment programme, its development of ballistic missiles, and other activities. Iran did not attend the 2007 summit. Tehran again shunned the conclave conclave
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