On November 12th, BASIC hosted a panel discussion at the annual Amman Security Colloquium entitled "Options available to promote progress in furthering NPT objectives in 2015".
Next year is crucial to the future of the nuclear non-proliferation regime. The disappointment over the failure to convene a conference in Helsinki to discuss a WMD Free Zone in the Middle East, and the lack of progress on the disarmament agenda, means that the Review Conference in May 2015 will see a great deal of frustration expressed, and demands for greater political will applied to progress. But beyond fine speeches and exhortations, what can Arab leaderships actually do to apply leverage in this situation? What are the options open for all non-nuclear weapon states to restore faith in the global non-proliferation project? How crucial is the existing non-proliferation architecture, and are there alternatives?Speakers at this panel event include:
- Paul Ingram, BASIC executive director
- Dr. Toukan, Head of the Jordian Atomic Energy Commission
- Amb Joanna Wronecka, Special representative of the European External Action Service in Amman
- Ambassador Dr. Wael Al Assad, Representative of the Secretary General for Disarmament and Regional Security and the Director of Disarmament and Multilateral Relations at the League of Arab States.
- Dina Esfandiary, Research Associate, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament programme, International Institute for Strategic Studies, London
The Amman Security Colloquium is a high level event that is organized by the Arab Institute for Security Studies with a mandate of setting an exposure to the international scene and getting a balanced view from credible sources to facilitate accurate and efficient diagnosis of the situation. The Amman Colloquium promotes dialogue and seeks methods to resolve conflicts, this stems from Jordan's growing commitment to address conditions necessary to promote peace and stability regionally and internationally. It examines pressing global problems including conflicts in various parts of the world with a view of strengthening the principles of the League of Arab States as well as the United Nations.