From Bahrain correspondent: "The media has been obsessed with Kim Kardashian's visit to Bahrain and have written about how it can be viewed as part of the royal family's PR campaign. Yet somehow, with a few exceptions, they are all ignoring the sketchy annual event known as the Manama Dialogue which is taking place in Bahrain right now. You can read about it on tis guardian blogpost:
The Manama dialogue is organized by the the International Institute for Strategic Studies apparently a "world leading authority on global security, political risk and military conflict." Lots of foreign dignitaries are attending the conference including William Hague, the Deputy Secretary of State and some senators. Apparently their focus this year will be on Syria."