On 16 November 2017 GCSP’s new course on “Building Capacities on Arms Control for the MENA Region” ended in Amman (Jordan).
It was hosted by the Jordan Institute for Diplomacy in partnership with the Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Arab Institute for Security Studies (ACSIS) thanks to funding from the Swiss Federal Government. The five-day course was attended by 23 government officials from 10 countries (Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Switzerland). The participants had the opportunity to hear high-level speakers from Europe, the United States and the Middle East on various aspects of arms control, non-proliferation, and disarmament with a regional focus (improvised explosive devices, chemical, biological and nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles, the Iranian nuclear programme, etc.).
They also attended the annual Amman Security Colloquium and Nuclear Forum, and visited the SESAME project that allows scientific cooperation among countries of the region, including Israel, Iran, and Palestine.
This course followed the one organized in July 2017 in Geneva, which hosted some of the same participants and focused on multilateral agreements.