BASIC hosted its second conference on Nuclear Non-Proliferation in the Gulf in Istanbul, Turkey on March 25-26, 2013.
This year's conference featured panels on: The Road to 2015: the NPT Action Plan; Regional Approaches to Iran's Nuclear Program; the Efficacy of Nuclear Deterrence in the Gulf; the WMD-free Zone in the Middle East; and Implications for the 2013 NPT Preparatory Committee Meeting.
Read this year's conference report:
Nuclear Non-proliferation in the Gulf, summary by Executive Director Paul Ingram
As a follow-on to last year's conference in Doha, this conference in Istanbul was an opportunity for decision shapers from Gulf states to discuss nuclear non-proliferation, keeping the momentum up prior to the NPT Preparatory Committee in Geneva at the end of April, and in parallel with the Helsinki process to establish a nuclear and WMD free zone in the Middle East. We believe that it is essential that GCC states play a positive and proactive role in promoting regional and international nuclear non-proliferation measures, given their strong interests in limiting break-out in their region and in pursuing effective global nuclear disarmament.
More on the Conference:
- Press Release
- This Week article: Gulf states discuss non-proliferation, Iran, & the NPT, March 26, 2013
- Final summary report
Listen to the presentations (via YouTube)
- Ward Wilson, BASIC
- Patricia Lewis, Chatham House
- Kayhan Barzegar, Institute for Middle East Strategic Studies
- Nasser Hadian, University of Tehran
- Ayman Khalil, Arab Institute for Security Studies
- Paul von Maltzahn, German Council on Foreign Relations
- more to come...
L-R: Dr. Mustafa Alani (Gulf Research Centre), Paul Schulte (CEIP), Amb. Baron Paul von Maltzahn (German Council on Foreign Relations), Dr. Adnan Shihab-Eldin (Kuwait Foundation), Deyhab Alrashidi (Kuwait MFA), Aaron Stein (EDAM), Dina Esfandiary (IISS), Nima Khorrami (BASIC), Ali-Al Khater (Qatar MFA)
Amb. Dr. Hossein Mousavian (Princeton University), Rachel Staley (BASIC), Paul Ingram (BASIC)
Dr. Ayman Khalil (ACSIS, Amman), Amb. Dr. Nabil Fahmy (American University in Cairo), Prof. Nasser Hadian (Tehran University)