The International Institute of Strategic Studies (London) held its annual prime Gulf / Middle East Security Summit in Bahrain, Manama at Ritz Carlton Hotel from 30 October – 1 November 2015.
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Brigadier Nadir Mir (R) was the only participant invited from Pakistan. (Non-Government Delegate). A total galaxy of over 400 participants was hosted by the Kingdom of Bahrain.
During the summit regional and global leaders came together to discuss the most pressing challenges in the Gulf and Middle East. The global gathering of 2015 included Heads of States / Governments, Foreign / Defence and other Ministers, UN Heads, Military Chiefs, Intelligence Chiefs, National Security Advisors, Senior Government Officials, International Figures, Economists, Political, Strategic and Geopolitical Thinkers. The IISS strives for interactive sessions of the brightest minds for strategic and geopolitical analysis.
Interaction of Brigadier Nadir Mir at Manama Dialogue
- With US Deputy Secretary of State Anthony Blinken who talked on ‘US Policy and Regional Stability’.
- German Defence Minister Dr. Ursula Von Der Leyen was felicitated on her talk and presented book, ‘Geopolitik Pakistan’ by Nadir Mir.
- With Saudi Prince Sultan Bin Khaled Al Faisal and USGeneral Lloyd J. Austin IIICommander CENTCOM and presented books to both.
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- Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir was lucid in speech and firm in content. Overall suggesting an amicable policy but stressing on defending GCC at all costs. His talk was appreciated by most.
Nadir Mir presenting book to Saudi Ambassador Dr Abdullah Abdulmalik Al Asheikh in Bahrain.
The role of Pakistan was highlighted
Nadir Mir has been constantly preaching (explained at length in his books) that Pakistan is not merely a South Asian State. It is the central pivotal state (Merkez) of many regions and has a role in each. Pakistan is connecting China to Gwadar CPEC, now Central Asia TAPI and later Russia will connect with Pakistan. Similarly Pakistan has a proactive, security – strategic role in the Gulf / Middle East.
Dr John Chipman DG and Sir John Jenkins executive director Middle East besides other team members were also presented books by Brigadier Nadir. Overall the IISS Manama Dialogue was an excellent forum to participate, understand the latest Middle East environment. This was a great opportunity to project Pakistan’s view point in Gulf / Middle East.This was attained in a subtle and suave manner. Brigadier Nadir Mir’s both books, ‘Gwadar on the Global Chessboard’ and ‘Geopolitik Pakistan’ were appreciated by delegates.
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A great opportunity beacons Pakistan in the Gulf / Middle East. Pakistan must play a proactive role through a holistic and well-crafted Gulf / Middle East Policy. Even though Modi’s India is active in the Gulf, Pakistan is poised to be the winner!
Brigadier Nadir Mir (R) is author of the books “Gwadar on the Global Chessboard” and ‘Geopolitik Pakistan’