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A WMD-Free Middle East: Best Ways Forward
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Monday January 24, 2011
4:00 - 6:00 pm

Hudson Institute
Walter and Betsy Stern Conference Center
1015 15th St, NW, 6th Floor
Washington, DC

At last year's successful Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference, states-parties agreed to make the "utmost efforts" to establish the Middle East as a weapons of mass destruction-free zone. The Review Conference's unanimous Final Declaration both called for an international conference to discuss a possible WMD-free zone in the Middle East and reiterated a call for Israel to join the NPT.

At this Hudson Institute and Partnership for a Secure America organized event, ACA Executive Director Daryl Kimball and other panelists will discuss how the conference might proceed and what other regional nonproliferation activities might prove beneficial in establishing a favorable environment for progress.

Organizers and panelists include:

Richard Weitz (co-chair)
Senior Fellow and Director,
Center for Political-Military Analysis, Hudson Institute

Andrew Semmel (co-chair)
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Nuclear Nonproliferation

David Albright
President,
Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS)

Shmuel Bar
Director of Studies,
Institute of Policy and Strategy, Herzliya Conference

Daryl G. Kimball
Executive Director,
Arms Control Association

TO RSVP, please email name and affiliation to Richard Weitz at [email protected].

This event will be streamed live on Hudson's website: www.hudson.org/WatchLive.

For further background on the decision on the WMD-free zone in the Middle East, see "NPT: Back on Track," in the July/August issue of Arms Control Today by Irish director for disarmament and non-proliferation and chair of the NPT subgroup on the zone, Alison Kelley. Also see "NPT 2010: Beginning of a New and Constructive Cycle," in the November 2010 issue by Egyptian diplomat Sameh Aboul-Enein.

The Arms Control Association (ACA) is an independent, membership-based organization dedicated to providing information and practical policy solutions to address the dangers posed by the world's most dangerous weapons. ACA publishes the monthly journal, Arms Control Today.