In this Open Democracy article, BASIC's executive director, Paul Ingram urges us to move away from traditional Cold War thinking and the dichotomy of us versus them. He explains that in order to properly address the issue of nuclear nonproliferation, we must reframe the debate on the Iranian nuclear weapons programme.
BASIC made headlines this spring at a two-day conference in Doha on Nuclear Non-Proliferation in the Gulf and from the second BASIC Trident Commission report on the defense-industrial issues of the UK Trident nuclear weapons system.
Commenting on the Nuclear Security Summit II, Paul Ingram told Uranium Investing News: “Obama’s creation of an approach that pulls states into common objectives on this agenda is no small feat given the weeks of diplomatic wrangling and finger pointing that characterizes the diplomacy around the more established nuclear non-proliferation treaty process. However, such progress was incremental, and fell way short of what would be needed to meaningfully tackle threats to nuclear security.”
The stand-off over Iran’s nuclear programme is fraught with danger, with Israel and U.S. presidential candidates urging tougher action. Military action poses an inherent risk to the global non-proliferation regime, in particular if it were unilateral action by Israel, a non-NPT state acting to punish a member-state for apparently transgressing it.
Reporter Awad Mustafa covered Ambassador Hamad Ali Al Kaabi's (United Arab Emirates's permanent representative to the IAEA) presentation to the BASIC conference on "Nuclear Non-Proliferation in the Gulf", held in Qatar on March 21-22, 2012. The article focuses on the U.A.E.'s role in the region and nuclear safety.
Reporter Peter Townson for the Gulf Times covered the BASIC conference on "Nuclear Non-Proliferation in the Gulf." The story includes highlights from the keynote speech by Hans Blix and quotes BASIC Executive Director, Paul Ingram, who said of the event, “We want to hear the views of the analysts and officials from the region to hear a different perspective than the drumbeat of war.”
Photos of BASIC conference on "Nuclear non-proliferation in the Gulf", held at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, in Doha, Qatar, March 21-22, 2012. Please see BASIC's conference event page for more details.
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Hans Blix delivered the keynote address for a BASIC conference on Nuclear Non-Proliferation in the Gulf. The former chief U.N. weapons inspector for Iraq and chair of the WMD Commission warned of the dangers from nuclear weapons and material, and called for greater inter-governmental cooperation and transparency.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 (All day) to Thursday, March 22, 2012 (All day)
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.