Nilsu Goren, Aviv Melamud, Ibrahim Said Ibrahim and Ariane TabatabaiNovember 29, 2013 09:33
Commentary: Training network focuses on building wide regional understanding of need for arms control and nonproliferation.
A mushroom cloud appears in 1971 after a French nuclear test in the south Pacific atoll of Mururoa. (AFP/AFP/Getty Images)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass — Middle East regional stability and security continues to face substantial challenges, not least of which involve weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Impediments to arms control and nonproliferation include Israel’s opaque nuclear posture, doubts surrounding the possible military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear program, the use of chemical weapons in Syria and other suspected chemical or biological weapons programs. The importance of arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament in the Middle East is clear, and the establishment of a weapons of mass destruction-free zone (WMDFZ) in the region is urgent. Such a zone would exist in an environment where terrorist organizations are active, statehood is fragile and where operational safety and physical protection of WMD materials and facilities are crucial to regional security.