Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Security, the Persian Gulf, and Professor Weinberger's Blog

So very cool--Professor Weinberger has been invited by the Manama Dialogue to live-blog their upcoming summit in Bahrain:

The International Institute for Strategic Studies is hosting its Third Annual Regional Security Summit http://www.iiss.org/conferences/the-iiss-regional-security-summit This year, it has been renamed the Manama Dialogue and will take place in Bahrain from 8-10 December. In a new departure, we would like to invite you to become one of the first bloggers of the Manama Dialogue.

The Dialogue is the primary security institution in the Persian Gulf and will see the greatest ever involvement of the national security establishments of the region with key outside powers this year. As in previous years, the Dialogue will provide a unique forum for the discussion of the regional security challenges by the most senior authorities responsible for defence, foreign policy and security issues in the participating states.

The summit will be opened formally by the Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Bahrain, His Highness Sheikh Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, who will deliver the Keynote Address on Friday 8 December. On Saturday 9 December, the US National Security Advisor, Stephen Hadley, will make a key statement on US security strategy in the Persian Gulf. Delegation leaders from the other participating countries will also deliver official policy statements throughout the course of the weekend. Plenary session subjects include: “The U.S. and Gulf Security,” “Regional Perceptions of Gulf Security,” “The Gulf and the East,” “Security Guarantees and Regional Stability,” “The Situation in Iraq,” “The Gulf and Europe,” and “Iran and Outside Powers.”

We look forward to following this on Security Dilemmas as it unfolds.