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Leadership praised for thwarting threats.

Bahrain's practicality in dealing with terror and other security threats was hailed by Dr Jonathan Eyal, director of International Security Studies at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI).

In an interview with Bahrain TV in London, Dr Eyel said that Bahrain was the first country to initiate a security dialogue through the organising of the 2007 Middle East: Homeland and Global Security Forum.

He said that it was a dialogue that was much more concerned with the practicality rather than the general concepts.

"A lot of countries talk about the fight against international terrorism, about ensuring regional security; what the Bahraini government wants to do is to actually concentrate on the practicalities. It's not simply a question of technology. It's a question how governments are organised, how people are aware, what the threat is and how the entire structure operates."

He said that through the forum Bahrain sends a message to suggest quite a number of Western governments are accusing the Arab world of perhaps not doing enough in order to meet the strength of Islamic fundamentalism or indeed of violence in general.

"Bahrain's government is trying to suggest that the great deal being done in some of the thinking is quite original and specific to the Gulf region.

So it's for two purposes. First, to actually advance the serious discussion on the technologies that are available for homeland security.

The second one is to show other governments how much is being done in the Gulf and how much Bahrain does in order to lead that debate," he said.

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
Date:Jul 3, 2008
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