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.
Diplomatic Editor of The Guardian, Julian Borger, wrote the following article on the planned 2012 Conference on a WMD-free zone in the Middle East and what it could bring to the region. Mr. Borger quotes Paul Ingram, who said: "When you start a process like this, with clear objectives, it is amazing how it evolves. The process itself builds confidence and improves the atmosphere. Also, ordinary Israelis now recognise that a zone free of nuclear weapons is preferable to a region with two or more weapons states."
An article in The National cites remarks from Hans Blix and Bahraini representative Abdullah Abdul Latif Abdullah regarding the different regional impacts of nuclear safety and Iran's Bushehr reactor. The remarks were made during BASIC's conference on Nuclear Non-Proliferation in the Gulf.
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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Doha, Qatar - Hans Blix, the former chief UN weapons inspector for Iraq, has warned in Doha of the “grave danger” that Iran’s nuclear programme may lead other states in the region to follow the same course.
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.