From 10 to 12 November 2018 the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy (JID) hosted an executive education course organised by the GCSP in partnership with JID and the Arab Institute for Security Studies (ACSIS) on “Building Capacities on Arms Control in the MENA Region”. This course attracted the participation of some 20 people from the region (Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Mauritania, Palestine, Qatar, Yemen) as well as Poland, Spain, Britain, and the United States. Among the participants were diplomats from ministries of Foreign Affairs, Armed Forces, or international organisations such as the ICRC and UNHCR as well as representatives from civil society organisations working in Jordan.
The course allowed participants to work with experts from Europe, the United States and the MENA Region on topics such as: arms proliferation and arms trade in the MENA Region; the project of a WMD-free zone in the Middle East; chemical and biological weapons and the terrorist risk of WMD use; missile proliferation; IEDs and mine action; conventional arms transfers; the nuclear test-ban treaty; the Iran Nuclear Deal, etc.
Prior to the course, the group participated in the Amman Security Colloquium and the Nuclear Forum organised by ACSIS, and visited the SESAME project, where scientists from many MENA countries collaborate.