The great and the good from the world of defence and security gathered over the weekend in Bahrain for the so-called Manama Dialogue, the counterpart of the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, and widely considered the premier event of its kind in the Middle East.
The usual debate ensued, as representatives of the region's various states made their pitches. But although few were keen to admit it publicly, all the participants who attended the event in Bahrain's capital were acutely aware that the Middle East has hardly been in greater turmoil.
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