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Arms Control and Missile Proliferation in the Middle East

This photo provided by Iranian state news agency Fars purports to show an Iranian Sajjil-2 surface-to-surface missile launching from a site in Semnan, Iran, May 20, 2009. The new advanced missile has a range of about 1,200 miles.
AP Photo

PAST EVENT

Arms Control and Missile Proliferation in the Middle East

Brown Bag Lunch
Series: International Security Brown Bag Seminar
Open to the Public - 124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 100, Room 106
October 11, 2012
12:15-2:00 p.m.

Speakers: Sven-Eric Fikenscher, Research Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom
Bernd W. Kubbig, Project Director, Academic Peace Orchestra Middle East, Peace Research Institute, Frankfurt, Former Research Fellow, International Security Program, 1976–1977
Christian Weidlich, Academic Peace Orchestra Middle East, Peace Research Institute, Frankfurt

Related Projects: International Security, Managing the Atom, Science, Technology, and Public Policy

Description:

In 2010, the Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) called for the establishment of a Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone in the Middle East and for a conference to be attended by all states from the region to be held in 2012 as a first step to facilitate this goal. The NPT Review Conference's call is not the first of its kind. Past attempts to advance regional arms control failed because negotiators could not overcome the stalemate between Israel (viewing peace as a prerequisite for nuclear disarmament) and the Arab states, mainly Egypt (viewing nuclear disarmament as a precondition for peace). This seminar argues that this sorry state of regional arms control can be changed by building on the NPT Review Conference's mandate, covering delivery systems as well. Instead of repeating the mistake of allowing negotiations to be dominated by the old Israeli-Arab juxtaposition, a focus on delivery systems would address the concerns of all parties in the region, since (Arab and Iranian) missiles are central to the Israeli threat perceptions, whereas (Israeli) warplanes are central to Arab and Iranian threat perceptions. Existing international agreements in the conventional realm allow for an incremental disarmament process, particularly affecting the missile issue.

Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.

Contact:

ISP Program Coordinator
International Security Program, 79 John F. Kennedy St., Mailbox 53, Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
HARVARD Kennedy School
Email: susan_lynch@hks.harvard.edu
Phone: 617-496-1981
Fax: 617-495-8963
Url: http://www.belfercenter.org/ISP/

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