From March 21-22, 2012: BASIC organized a two-day conference at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar, in association with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Qatar Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Almost 50 distinguished U.S. and European experts, as well as analysts, diplomats and officials from the region, attended the event, which is aimed at raising the profile of the Gulf states in non-proliferation efforts. The conference covered a broad range of issues, including: ways to reinforce the NPT and the 2010 Action Plan; Iranian nuclear program and a WMD-free zone in the Middle East; and peaceful uses of nuclear energy.
Read the full summary of the two-day conference:
Themes arising from BASIC Workshop in Doha
Report by Paul Ingram and Anne Penketh
Hans Blix delivers the keynote address on the morning of the first day of BASIC’s conference in Doha.
Shown below, Brig-General Nasser Al-Ali, Chairman of the Qatar National Committee for Prohibition of Weapons, delivers opening remarks.
Listen to his speech (via Soundcloud).
View Power Point presentations from the conference
Iran: Challenges and Opportunities
Dr. Jim Walsh, MIT, March 21-22, 2012
The Nuclear Trade Regime and the Arab Gulf Region
Mark Hibbs, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, March 21-22, 2012
Listen to presentations by the panelists (via Soundcloud)
- Mahmoud Karem at Panel 3: The Road to 2015 (PDF text)
BASIC's Media Gallery for more photos from the conference.
Below are a few photos from the panel discussion on
"Saving the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty."
HE Amb. Abdulla Adbullatif Abdulla, Undersecretary, Bahrain Foreign Ministry
Amb. Tom Pickering (U.S.-ret.), BASIC Advisor
Mark Fitzpatrick, IISS