The 5-7 December Manama Dialogue for the International Institute for Strategic Studies came at a crucial time for the Middle East region. With growing instability in Syria and Iraq there has never been greater need for dialogue and a clear strategy between nations to counter the threats of extremism, sectarianism and Iran’s harmful role in the region.
For those of us who could not attend the conference and who did not have the time to follow hours of debates and plenary speeches, we have included some of the most interesting insights below from a variety of figures who participated in the event:
HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Bahrain Crown Prince
“If we are to call ourselves in a war with theocrats, then I believe that we can start to put together the military, social, political and maybe even economic policies in a holistic manner to counter this threat, as we did with communism. But what do we call it? Do we call it theocrism, to invent a word? Do we call it fascist theocracy? We must find a term that we can all share....