On March 25th BASIC hosted a conference in collaboration with Cairo University and the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs, in order to stimulate discussion about Egypt’s role and strategy in the regional and global non-proliferation regime over the next crucial period leading up to the 2015 NPT Review Conference and beyond, in the interests of effective impact on the disarmament debate.
There has been a lot less progress on the Middle East nuclear weapon and WMD Free Zone than we would have hoped, other regional developments have been shifting the ground, most notably:
- the on-going process of informal but limited consultation on the WMD Free Zone in meetings held in Glion, Montreux;
- the 23 November 2013 interim agreement between Iran and the E3+3 that curtails much of the nuclear programme temporarily whilst giving Iran hope of future sanctions relief; and
- Syria’s decision to become a full member of the Chemical Weapon Convention and to completely dismantle its CW arsenal in a short space of time, and questions over their compliance with this commitment.
This conference hopes to inspire ideas that chart a course that achieves the objectives of those working for disarmament, non-proliferation and regional security.
Click the link below to read the full conference agenda.