How to Make the Middle East Conference Happen, Successful, and Sustainable
In POLICY BRIEF FOR THE MIDDLE EAST CONFERENCE ON A WMD/DVS FREE ZONE
A Conceptual Framework for a Track II Expert Group’s Contribution
The Middle East Conference (MEC) envisaged by the international community for 2012 is to discuss the establishment of a zone free of weapons of mass destruction and of their delivery vehicles (WMD/DVs). For a classical Track II project like the ACADEMICPEACE ORCHESTRA MIDDLE EAST, this is a historic opportunity to provide timely ideas, concepts, and background information for the relevant addressees in the region, the UN and the embassies, and especially for the Facilitator, Finnish Ambassador Jaakko Laajava and his staff.
The security dilemma as a starting point and the presented Cooperative Security Concept as a way of lowering this dilemma with an important role of a forum such as the MEC – these are the vital components of the entire cycle of ORCHESTRA workshops over the next years and the basis for discussion and publi- cation of our series of POLICY BRIEFS. Threeguiding questions will be addressed: first,how can the political will be created to make the MEC happen, successful, and sustai- nable? Second, under what circumstances can the crucial decision-makers be induced to adopt a cooperative security approach? Third, how to outline an incremental reduction path culminating in a WMD/DVs Free Zone in the Middle East?
This project receives funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Grant Agreement No 722826.