BASIC’s executive director, Paul Ingram authored this piece for Open Democracy. While the outlook for peace in the Middle East remains bleak, there are several factors in the region that may bring forth a sense of stability. Many states in the region have shown restraint and caution over making extreme military moves that would result in a conflict. Ingram indicates that the Conference on a Zone Free of WMD in the Middle East, due to take place late 2012, may bring major players in the region to the same negotiating table and help stablise relations on proliferation issues.
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