IISS Manama Dialogue 2019

22nd to 24th November 2019
The Ritz-Carlton, Manama, Bahrain

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All times below are in AST (Arabic Standard Time, or UTC+3.) All Plenaries are on the record.


IISS Manama Dialogue 2019 Agenda

Friday 22 November 2019

19.00–20.00 Opening Televised Plenary – Al Ghazal 1 Ballroom
The New Geo-Economics of the Middle East

Sheikh Salman bin Khalifa Al Khalifa
Minister of Finance and National Economy, Bahrain

MAEDA, Tadashi
Governor, Japan Bank for International Cooperation, Japan

Professor XIANG, Lanxin
Director, Centre of One Belt and One Road Studies,

China National Institute for SCO International Exchange and Judicial Cooperation, China

Alia Moubayed
Managing Director, Jefferies Investment Bank, Lebanon

20.00–21.00 Opening Reception – Grand Foyer

21.00–23.00 Opening Dinner – Al Noor Ballroom

Held under the patronage of HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa
Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, Kingdom of Bahrain

Opening Statement by Dr John Chipman
Director-General and Chief Executive, IISS 

Saturday 23 November 2019

08.25–08.30  Opening of the Summit – Al Noor Ballroom
Introduction and Welcome

08.30–09.45 First Plenary Session – Al Noor Ballroom
Regional Competition and Cooperation

Ayman Safadi
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Jordan

Florence Parly
Minister of the Armed Forces, France

Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bahrain

09.45–11.00 Second Plenary Session – Al Noor Ballroom 
Defence Diplomacy and Regional Stability

Adel Al Jubeir  
Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Saudi Arabia

Dr Anwar Gargash 
Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, UAE 

Sir Mark Sedwill 
National Security Adviser; Cabinet Secretary, Cabinet Office, UK

11.00–11.30 Refreshment Break

11.30–12.45 Third Plenary Session – Al Noor Ballroom 
Maritime Security in the Middle East

Minister for Defense, Japan

Abdulkadir Abdi
Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Somalia

General Kenneth McKenzie Jr
Commander, US Central Command

12.45–14.30 Private Ministerial Lunch
Lunch for all other Delegates – Masaya Pavilion

14.30–15.45 Fourth Plenary Session – Al Noor Ballroom 
Managing Conflict and Stabilisation in the Middle East

Sedat Önal 
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Turkey 

Niels Annen 
Minister of State, Federal Foreign Office, Germany

LI Chengwen
Ambassador for China-Arab States Cooperation Forum Affairs, China

15.45–16.15 Refreshment Break

16.15–17.30 Fifth Plenary Session – Al Noor Ballroom 
US Policy and Alliance Relations in the Middle East

John C Rood 
Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, US

Senator Chris Murphy
Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia and Counterterrorism, US Senate

Congressman Joe Wilson 
Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Middle East, North Africa, and International Terrorism,

Committee on Foreign Affairs, US House of Representatives

Sunday 24 November 2019 

09.30–11.00 Simultaneous Special Sessions – Al Ghazal Ballroom 


Group I: Cybersecurity: Global and Regional Challenges – Al Ghazal C

Chair:  Dr Bastian Giegerich
Director of Defence and Military Analysis, IISS

Omar bin Sultan Al Olama
Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, UAE

Dr Mohamed Maliki Osman
Senior Minister of State for Defence and Foreign Affairs, Singapore

Lieutenant General Ludwig Leinhos
Chief of Cyber and Information Domain Service, Germany

Dr Greg Austin
Senior Fellow for Cyber, Space and Future Conflict, IISS-Asia


Group II: International Law and Security in the Middle East – Al Ghazal III

Chair:  Dr Lynn Kuok 
Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security (Designate), IISS-Asia 

Philip Hammond 
Former Secretary of State for Defence; former Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs; former Chancellor of the Exchequer, HM Treasury, UK

Jeffrey Feltman 
John C Whitehead Visiting Fellow in International Diplomacy, Foreign Policy, Brookings Institution, US; former Under Secretary General for Political Affairs, UN

Sir Daniel Bethlehem
Barrister and Arbitrator, Queen’s Counsel; former Principal Legal Adviser, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK

Professor Dr Malik Dahlan 
Chaired Professor, International Law and Public Policy, Queen Mary University; Senior Mediation Fellow, Harvard University Negotiation Task Force;

Principal, Institution Quraysh for Law and Policy, Saudi Arabia


Group III:Greyzone Warfare and Asymmetric Threats in the Middle East – Al Ghazal I

Chair: Thomas Beckett
Lieutenant General (Retd) Sir Thomas Beckett. Executive Director, IISS-Middle East

Admiral Tim Fraser 
Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, UK 

Vice Admiral James Malloy 
Commander, US Naval Forces Central Command; Commander, US 5th Fleet, Combined Maritime Forces

Brigadier General (Retd) Maroun Hitti 
Defence and Military Adviser to the President of the Council of Ministers, Lebanon

John Raine 
Senior Adviser for Geopolitical Due Diligence, IISS 


Group IV: Conflict and Stabilisation in the Middle East – Al Ghazal II

Chair:  Emile Hokayem 
Senior Fellow for Middle East Security, IISS

SUZUKI Keisuke
State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Japan 

Dr Denise Natali 
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Conflict and Stabilisation Operations, Department of State, US

Rudiger König 
Director-General, Crisis Prevention, Stabilisation, Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Assistance, Federal Foreign Office, Germany 

11.00–11.30 Refreshment Break

11.30–13.00 Concluding Plenary Session – Al Noor Ballroom
Navigating Geopolitical Change: The Middle East in the Global Context

Dr Kori Schake
Deputy Director-General, IISS

John Raine 
Senior Adviser for Geopolitical Due Diligence, IISS 

Emile Hokayem
Senior Fellow for Middle East Security, IISS

Hasan Alhasan
Associate Fellow, IISS-Middle East

Dr Bastian Giegerich
Director of Defence and Military Analysis, IISS

13.00–14.30 Farewell Lunch for all Delegates – Masaya Pavilion