GCSP and Partners Discuss Novel Ideas on a WMD-free Zone in the Middle East

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GCSP and Partners Discuss Novel Ideas on a WMD-free Zone in the Middle East

By Marc Finaud, Senior Advisor and 'Arms Proliferation’ Cluster Leader
9 May 2019
GCSP and Partners Discuss Novel Ideas on a WMD-free Zone in the Middle East

GCSP and Partners Discuss Novel Ideas on a WMD-free Zone in the Middle East

By Marc Finaud, Senior Advisor and 'Arms Proliferation’ Cluster Leader

On the occasion of the meeting of the Preparatory Committee of the Review Conference of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), GCSP and the Academic Peace Orchestra Middle East, together with the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation-New York Office, organised an international panel on the topic: “Towards a WMD-free Zone in the Middle East: Introducing Novel initiatives” at the UN Headquarters on 8 May 2019.

Apart from the moderators Marc Finaud and Bernd W. Kubbig, the speakers included: Nataliya Artemenkova (PIR Center); Kelsey Davenport (Arms Control Association); Tytti Erästö (SIPRI); Mark Fitzpatrick (IISS) and Edward M. Ifft (Hoover Institution). They addressed the current stalemate of the project of a zone free of WMD in the Middle East and the potential as well as the pitfalls of the recent novel initiatives put forward to break this deadlock: the Russian proposal for an approach combining disarmament and regional security; a conference outside the NPT framework and within the UN General Assembly; a special role for the three Depositaries of the NPT (Russia, UK, US); the precedent of the ‘Four Horsemen’ for a nuclear-weapons free world; a series of partial measures (such as a nuclear test-free zone, a chemical weapon-free zone, regional application of the constraints from the JCPOA, regional limits on ballistic missiles, etc.); and finally a leadership initiative by the Egyptian President to convince Israel to participate in the process.

This event was a follow-up to previous meetings and publications jointly launched by GCSP and the Academic Peace Orchestra Middle East.

Marc Finaud is a former French diplomat who was seconded to the GCSP from 2004 to 2013 and is now a staff member. At the GCSP, Mr Finaud leads activities related to Arms Proliferation.