One of the key features of the Bahrain International Defence Exhibition & Conference (BIDEC 2017) being held under the patronage of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of the Kingdom of Bahrain and chaired by H.H. Brigadier-General Sheikh Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, will be the Middle East Military Alliances and Coalitions Conference (MEMAC), due to take place alongside the exhibition on 16-17 October 2017. During the two-day programme, delegates will hear from the most influential regional and international military and diplomatic leadership.

The Conference is being organised by Clarion Events in conjunction with the Bahrain Defence Force, and the Bahrain Center for Strategic, International and Energy Studies, ‘DERASAT’, an international strategic and security-focused think tank based in the Kingdom of Bahrain. According to DERASAT Chairman, Dr Shaikh Abdulla bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, “MEMAC will examine the critical role that military alliances can play in the region’s collective defence and security.”

In discussing what delegates can anticipate to learn from the programme, the Chairman elaborates: “The approach will highlight the nexus between politics, diplomacy and military action and recognize the complexity of securing agreement between multiple states, each with their own unique political strategies.” Speakers and panellists have been deliberately selected to represent different verticals of defence including senior military personnel, international diplomats and foreign affairs academics.

The opening of MEMAC will take place on the 16th October, 2017, at the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay and will be followed in sequence by the official Bahrain International Defence Exhibition and Conference Gala Dinner. In attendance will be VIP Military Delegations with the most senior representatives of overseas defence departments and Bahrain-based diplomats.

Amongst the confirmed presenters is US General Wesley K. Clark (ret.) who will be Co-Chairing the Conference. General Clark brings a wealth of experience as a former commander of NATO forces and will be leading discussions on joint operations, emerging defence technologies, alliances and policy formulation. The second-day of MEMAC will be hosted at the Palm Hall, directly adjacent to the main BIDEC 2017 exhibition at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre.

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