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GCSP Co-Organising Side Events to the 2017 Preparatory Committee of the NPT

The Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) and the Academic Peace Orchestra Middle East (APOME) are co-organising two side events to the 2017 Preparatory Committee of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in Vienna on 8 and 10 May.

For several years, the APOME has been organising Track-II meetings between non-official representatives from all Middle East countries (including Israel, Iran, and Saudi Arabia) to explore ways and means of promoting the project of a Zone free of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and their Delivery Vehicles (DVs) in the Middle East. It has also published a series of Policy Briefs on many of the issues discussed in this process. The GCSP has been associated with such efforts as well as those of the Finnish facilitator, Ambassador Jaakko Laajava.

The 2015 Review Conference of the NPT ended without a final document because of lack of consensus on a conference to discuss the Zone project. Since then, new developments occurred: the agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme (JCPOA); the appointment of a Wise Persons Commission by the Arab League on this issue; efforts towards a Nuclear Test Free Zone in the Middle East; an official commitment of the three Co-Convenors (Russia, the UK, and the US) to re-establish a consultation process. Those developments may open fresh opportunities for dialogue and progress on the basis of new ‘cooperative ideas’.

  

First Panel:

Concrete Steps for Paving the Way to the Resumption of a Meaningful Communication and (Pre-)Conference Process

8 May 2017, 13:15-14:45, Room M3, Vienna International Centre

Moderators: Adjunct Professor Dr Bernd W. Kubbig, Project Leader, APOME; Mr Marc Finaud, Senior Advisor, GCSP

The panellists will address the following new ‘Cooperative Ideas’:

  1. Mr Alyn Ware (PNND): Exploring a substantive and political coalition between the supporters of the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons and the endorsers of a WMD/DVs Free Zone in the Middle East/Gulf;
  2. Mr Marc Finaud (GCSP): Testing a Nuclear-Test-Free Zone and/or a Reprocessing- and Uranium Enrichment-Free Zone as Building Blocks towards a WMD/DVs Free Zone;
  3. Dr Nilsu Gören (University of Maryland): Two ready-to-start gradual measures: establishing a comprehensive expert group on verification measures; creating a Regional Security Centre;
  4. Mr Marc Finaud (GCSP): Recommending the appointment of a UN envoy replacing the position of the Facilitator;
  5. Dr Bernd Kubbig (APOME): Conceptualizing a dual-track approach of simultaneously pursuing a disarmament approach and a regional security approach;
  6. Dr Jean Pascal Zanders (The Trench): Building a WMD Free Zone on the Existing Treaties and Conventions – Making Use Of The Dynamics Following The Forced Syrian CWC-adherence For Reactions Especially In Israel;
  7. Ms Inga Schierholz (University of Manitoba): Exploring multilateral environmental cooperation in transboundary water conflicts between Israel and its neighbours – Can A Positive Spill-over Be Expected for Disarmament & Non-proliferation?
  8. Mr Bijan Khajehpour (Atieh International): Positive Economic Impact of the JCPOA for Iran and the Region – Can a Positive Spill-over Be Expected for Disarmament & Non-proliferation?

  Second Panel:

Assessing the Transformative Potential of the JCPOA

10 May 2017, 13:15-14:45, Room M3, Vienna International Centre

Moderators: Adjunct Professor Dr Bernd W. Kubbig, Project Leader, APOME; Mr Marc Finaud, Senior Advisor, GCSP

The panellists will discuss the following ‘Cooperative Ideas’:

  1. Dr Bernd Kubbig (APOME): Reviving the Concept of the Gulf Free of Nuclear Weapons plus Biological and Chemical Weapons for (Sub-)regional Disarmament;
  2. Mr Tariq Rauf (SIPRI): Looking at the Role of the IAEA in Monitoring Compliance with the Nuclear Part of the JCPOA as a Way of Confidence Building by Technical Means to Reduce Saudi Arabia's Interest in Nuclear Weapons;
  3. Mr Daniel Müller (PRIF): The Possibility of Applying Elements of the Incentive-based JCPOA-Mechanism to the Arab-Israeli Arms Control Dispute;
  4. Mr Benjamin Hautecouverture (FRS): A Missile-Free Zone in the Gulf and beyond – Extending the Nuclear Dimension;
  5. Dr Ali Fahtollah-Nejad (German Council on Foreign Relations & Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center): Concretizing the Transformative Power of the JCPOA and its Limits Concerning the Relaxing of the Saudi-Iranian Rivalry for Regional Hegemony/Supremacy;
  6. Dr Nilsu Gören (University of Maryland): Outlook for Geneva: First Steps for Bringing the Technical and the Disarmament & Non-proliferation Communities together – Radiological Weapons in the Hands of Non-state/Hybrid Actor such as the Case in Point.