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WMD-Free Zone: A Scenario-Building Exercise

Chatham House, London, UK


Tomisha Bino, Academy Asfari Fellow, International Security, Chatham House 
Dr Patricia Lewis, Research Director, International Security, Chatham House
Dr Beyza Unal​, Research Fellow, Nuclear Weapons Policy, International Security Department, Chatham House


Over twenty years have passed since the 1995 Review Conference of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, but the Middle East Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone (WMDFZ) still remains a distant possibility. The action plan on the WMDFZ in the Middle East, agreed upon at the 2010 Review Conference, could not be implemented and the planned 2012 conference of the WMFDZ was postposed without a future date being set. Three years after, the 2015 Review Conference couldn’t reach consensus on a final document, with disagreement over the WMDFZ being one of the main issues.

The lagging progress on the establishment of a WMDFZ in the Middle East requires considering new approaches and a process that also takes into account the changing political landscape of the region.

This workshop will consider new security challenges and national sensitivities in the Middle East, through the lens of possible future scenarios. These scenarios aim to identify drivers, alternative processes and approaches needed for the establishment of a WMDFZ in the Middle East. 

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.

The Chatham House Rule

To enable as open a debate as possible, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.