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GCSP and the Academic Peace Orchestra Middle East (APOME) Launch New Cooperative Ideas

At the May 2017 Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) meeting in Vienna, the GCSP and the Academic Peace Orchestra Middle East (APOME) organised two side events to discuss fresh ‘cooperative ideas’ about the project of a zone free of WMD and their delivery vehicles in the Middle East.

As a result of those consultations, they decided to launch a new series of publications (POLICY FORUM) to contribute to progress in this area, in particular in view of the upcoming NPT review cycle meetings planned in Geneva in 2018, and New York in 2019 and 2020.

The first two POLICY FORUM issues (No. 1 and 2) have already been published in the wake of the 2017 Vienna meeting:

  • POLICY FORUM No. 1:  “Why We Need New Communication & Conference Processes and How They Could Come about: The Classical Role of This Track-II Initiative” by Bernd W. Kubbig and Marc Finaud
  • POLICY FORUM No. 2: “Cooperative Ideas for New Communication & Conference Processes in the Middle East/Gulf Getting Started with Two Expert Panels at the First NPT PrepCom in Vienna” by Bernd W. Kubbig and Marc Finaud

The new series includes:

  • POLICY FORUM No. 3: First Cooperative Idea: “Bridging the Most Fundamental Gap by Simultaneously Pursuing Disarmament and Regional Security” by Bernd W. Kubbig and Marc Finaud
  • POLICY FORUM No. 4: Second Cooperative Idea: “A UN Special Envoy to Manage the Middle East WMD-Free Zone Conference Process” by Marc Finaud and Bernd W. Kubbig
  • POLICY FORUM No. 5: Third Cooperative Idea: “Two Ready-to-Start Gradual Measures” by Nilsu Gören
  • POLICY FORUM No. 6: Fourth Cooperative Idea: “A Building Block for a Middle East without WMD: An All-inclusive Nuclear-Test-Free Zone” by Marc Finaud
  • POLICY FORUM No. 7: Fifth Cooperative Idea: “Building a WMD-Free Zone on Existing Treaties and Conventions” by Jean Pascal Zanders
  • POLICY FORUM No. 8: First Flanking Flanking Cooperative Idea: “Environmental Peacebuilding across Borders and Sectors: A Concerted Approach to Multilateral Cooperation in the Middle East” by Inga Schierholz
  • POLICY FORUM No. 9: Sixth Cooperative Idea: “Against All Odds - Decreasing the Saudi-Iranian Rivalry for Regional Hegemony through and in the Wake of the JCPOA: Obstacles and Opportunities” by Bernd Kubbig and Marc Finaud in cooperation with Ali Fathollah-Nejad
  • POLICY FORUM No. 10: Seventh Cooperative Idea: "Assessing the JCPOA from a Historical Perspective: Moving Beyond the Declaratory Policy of the 2004-2006 Initiative of a Gulf WMD-Free Zone" by Christian Koch, Marc Finaud, and Bernd W. Kubbig
  • POLICY FORUM No. 11: Eighth Cooperative Idea: "Exploring the Transfer Potential of the JCPOA for Zonal Disarmament Arrangements in the Middle East/Gulf" by Daniel Müller
  • POLICY FORUM No. 12: Ninth Cooperative Idea: "Towards a Missile-Free Zone for the Middle East – Moving beyond the Nuclear Dimension of the JCPOA" by Bernd W. Kubbig and Marc Finaud 
  • POLICY FORUM No. 13: Second Flanking Cooperative Idea: "Transferring the Win-Win Approach of the JCPOA to Other Areas of Cooperation in the Middle East/Gulf: Non-governmental Players as Actors of Change" by Bijan Khajehpour
  • POLICY FORUM No. 14: Tenth Cooperative Idea: “A New Egyptian Track II Approach to the WMD/DVs-Free Zone in the Middle East/Gulf” by Mona Ahmed Saleh
  • POLICY FORUM No. 15: Eleventh Cooperative Idea: “A Comprehensive Israeli Concept for a WMD/DVs-Free Zone in the Middle East/Gulf” by Shemuel Meir

 New issues will be published shortly. Those publications are also available on the website of APOME.