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A Middle East Free of Weapons of Mass Destruction: A New Approach to Nonproliferation
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A Middle East Free of Weapons of Mass Destruction: A New Approach to Nonproliferation (Paperback)

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A nuclear-free Middle East?



For decades, there has been talk about creating a nuclear weapons-free zone in the Middle East, more recently expanded to a weapons of mass destruction-free zone (encompassing nuclear, biological and chemical weapons). But so far, it's only been talk.



In this book two experts from the region, with long experience in the issue, explore why the talk has not been translated into action. More important, they outline a comprehensive yet achievable roadmap for that action.



The authors acknowledge that the Middle East is characterized by perpetual instability and deep-rooted mistrust, a region whose leaders seem unlikely to forsake any kind of weapons systems. They argue, however, that inaction is not an option, given the almost inevitable proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their possible use by terrorist groups. The use of chemical weapons in Syria, Israel's opaque nuclear weapons program, and the dispute over Iran's nuclear program are the most obvious but far from the only issues that must be dealt with if the region is to avoid mass destruction.



The authors describe, in detail, a roadmap based on a phased approach, including guidelines and parameters for a weapons of mass destruction-free zone. Confidence-building and verification measures gradually would create trust among the region's stakeholders, enabling them to move along a step-by-step path that might otherwise seem unrealistic. Establishing a weapons of mass destruction-free zone also could be a gateway to addressing other security-related problems in the region, possibly even paving the way for a broad range of socioeconomic and political benefits.

History & PoliticsPolitics & governmentInternational relationsArms negotiation & controlHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentInternational relationsDiplomacy Publisher: Brookings Institution Publication Date: 30/11/2020 ISBN-13: 9780815737698  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Seyed Hossein Mousavian is a Middle East Security and Nuclear Policy Specialist at Princeton University's Program on Science and Global Security. He served as the head of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Iranian National Security Council and was a former Iranian spokesman during nuclear negotiations with the European Union. Emad Kiyaei is a principal at the IGD Group, which provides strategic advice in political risk and disarmament. He served as the executive director of the American Iranian Council and was a researcher at Princeton University's Program on Science and Global Security focusing on nuclear policy and geopolitics.

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