UK institute opens office in Bahrain

MANAMA - A UK-based think-tank, International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), opened its international office in Bahrain to help shape strategies in the region.

By Suad Hamada

Published: Sat 15 May 2010, 11:04 PM

Last updated: Thu 20 Feb 2020, 9:40 AM

Located in Manama, the IISS-Middle East will serve as a base for the Institute's many research programmes and activities throughout the region, as well as be a connection to IISS initiatives in Europe, North America and Asia.
Dr John Chipman, Director-General and Chief Executive of the IISS in London, who attended the opening of the regional office, said: "The Middle East is vitally important strategically and economically. We are delighted to establish our regional office in Bahrain because of our strong and close ties with the kingdom, and also because of Bahrain's enlightened leadership on regional and international issues."
Bahrain's Foreign Minister, Shaikh Khalid Al Khalifa, inaugurated the office and highlighted its importance for Bahrain and the region.
He hoped that the IISS will serve as an effective incubator for young diplomats, future ambassadors and decision makers.

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