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Editorial Board

Adnan Abdelrazek

Danny Rubinstein

Sam'an Khoury

Daniel Bar-Tal

Walid Salem

Galia Golan

Gershon Baskin

Hind Khoury

Edy Kaufman

Ata Qaymari

Benjamin Pogrund

Nafez Nazzal

Dan Jacobson

Jumana Jaouni

Moshe Maoz

Munther Dajani

Khuloud Khayyat Dajani

Izhak Schnell

Lucy Nusseibah

Meir Margalit

Menachem Klein

Ali Abu Shahla

Ilan Baruch

Hanna Siniora

Yehudit Oppenheimer

Mossi Raz

Susie Becher

Frances Raday

A Middle East Without Weapons of Mass Destruction
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Table of Contents


  • Why a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and WMD
         by Ziad AbuZayyad and by Hillel Schenker

  • Security without Nuclear Weapons: The Regional-International Nexus
          Putting human security needs ahead of national military concerns opens up options, opportunities and processes for banning and eliminating nuclear weapons.
         by Rebecca Johnson

  • Building Sustainable Security for Southwest Asia: A Regional Integration Process of the Highest Priority
          A nuclear weapons-free zone is the only sustainable option for regional security and in the best interests of both Israel and Iran.
         by Ali Fathollah-Nejad

  • Missed Opportunities to Rid the Middle East of WMD
          The UN, the Arab League, third PrepCom officials and civil society should all work proactively to convene the Middle East Conference before the end of 2013.
         by Mahmoud Karem

  • Let’s Make Peace, Not Weapons of Mass Destruction
          An Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement could neutralize the Iranian nuclear peril and allow the long-term possibility of making the ME a nuclear weapons-free zone, Israel included.
         by Edy Kaufman and by Manuel Hassassian

  • A Middle East Free of Weapons of Mass Destruction: Obstacles and Hopes
          Obstacles including the “no peace” excuse can be addressed via CBMs, the pursuit of peace and disarmament on parallel tracks and a global nuclear weapons ban.
         by Sharon Dolev

  • The Expected Scenarios of Future Disarmament in the Middle East: Aftermath of the Postponement of the 2012 Helsinki Conference
          Disarmament does not depend only on efforts of Arabs and Iran, but also on Israel’s political desire to provide security to its citizens through regional cooperation.
         by Haidy Yehia Ghoneim

  • Palestinian Perceptions Toward Weapons of Mass Destruction
         A survey shows that Palestinians recognize the danger of WMD to global security and oppose the acquisition of chemical, biological or nuclear weapons in the ME.
         by Jamil Rabah

  • Nuclear Disarmament in the ME: What Happened to the 2010 NPT RevCom Decision to Hold an International Conference on a WMD-Free Zone? — An Israeli View
          Having pursued “gradual” disarmament outside the NPT while maintaining nuclear ambiguity, Israel will have to face the question: “ambiguity vs. ambiguity” or “not for us and not for them”?
         by Shemuel Meir

  • The Academic Peace Orchestra ME — Experiences and Lessons Learned
         Future Track II activities might concentrate on the level of domestic politics, including empowering civil society movements as the rising agents of change.
         by Bernd W. Kubbig and by Christian Weidlich

  • Bridging the Gaps — Building Political Momentum: The Role of Parliamentarians in Advancing a ME Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction
         With civil society’s help, parliamentarians could play a vital role in bridging political divisions, and building momentum to ensure success of a WMD-free zone
         by Alyn Ware and by Dr. Aytug Atici

  • The Multilateral Dimension of the Middle East WMD-Free Zone: United Nations, IAEA and NPT
         Framing a Middle East WMD-free zone as a global, not regional, priority offers a way to transcend the dispute over whether peace must precede disarmament or vice versa.
         by Randy Rydell

  • A Nuclear-Free Zone in the Middle East: Realistic or Idealistic?
          To ensure national, regional and global security, Israel must join the process of creating a nuclear weapons-free zone, recognizing that peace is not a precondition for such a zone but a part of it.
         by Baria Ahmar

  • A Middle East Zone Free of Weapons of Mass Destruction: Roadblocks and Opportunities
         What is needed is a multi-layered dialogue to engage a critical mass of policy-makers, opinionmakers and civil society from across the ME’s political and socio-cultural spectrum.
         by Joseph A. Camilleri

  • Obama Sharpens His Nuclear Posture
         The United States has failed to comply with the obligation to negotiate in good faith for a nuclear weapons-free world, but the tide of resistance to nuclear weapons is rising.
         by Peter Weiss

  • Nuclear Weapons, Elephants, Israel and the World Court
         A multinational treaty that recognizes Israel’s and Palestine’s permanent existences and provides for nuclear and other disarmament is needed.
         by James Friedberg

  • Nuclear Non-Proliferation, Rogue Actors and the Middle East
         Economic sanctions and the threat of a strike on its nuclear installations, along with an offer of normalization, may force Iran to renounce its nuclear ambitions.
         by Emmanuel Seitelbach

  • Bringing a Humanitarian Approach to a Nuclear and Other WMD-Free Zone in the Middle East — A Japanese Perspective
         Focusing on the human, environmental and humanitarian consequences of WMD, with civil society playing an active role, could bring about a paradigm shift.
         by Akira Kawasaki and by Céline Nahory

  • “Is a two-state solution still possible? Nothing else is possible”
         by Uri Avnery

  • The Truly New Middle East: Interesting, Fluid, Frightening and Promising
         A regional union will be possible only with a joint, multilateral effort to achieve a Middle East free of nuclear and all other weapons of mass destruction.
         by Avraham Burg

  • The EU’s New Guidelines on Israel: A Bureaucratic Move Leads to a Political Earthquake
         The EU policy to clearly distinguish between Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories helps diminish the influence of people who do not make this distinction.
         by Jörg Knocha

  • The New Geopolitics of the Natural Gas in the Levant
         The discovery of large quantities of natural gas gives Israel and Cyprus leverage that will help them strengthen their political position in the region for their mutual benefit.
         by Nikolas (Nicos) Panayiotides

  • Political Islam Has Not Failed
          If Islamic parties in the Middle East and North Africa have lost some credibility, political Islam can still be effective if it offers a coherent political and economic program.
         by Kamilia Lahrichi

    Special Report
  • A Historic, Unprecedented Discussion in the Knesset on the Nuclear Question
         Edited transcript of a Knesset Science and Technology Committee session on nuclear weapons and security, with a discussion on a presentation by Dr. Ira Helfand, under the auspices of MK Dov Khenin and MK Tamar Zandberg.

    Book Review
  • Whistleblowers and the Bomb: Vanunu, Israel and Nuclear Secrecy by Yoel Cohen
         Reviewed by Hillel Schenker

  • The Impacts of Lasting Occupation: Lessons from Israeli Society edited by Daniel Bar-Tal and Izhak Schnell; Occupation Diaries by Raja Shehadeh
         Reviewed by Benjamin Pogrund

  • Houses
         by Waleed Khazindar

  • Poetry In The Middle East
         by Karen Alkalay-Gut

  • Middle Eastern Haiku
         by Dan Brook

  • United Nations General Assembly Resolution 3263 (XXIX)

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