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Campaigning for a Middle East Nuclear Weapons Free Zone
August 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Israel’s nuclear arsenal is dangerous in its own right and is a powerful force for nuclear weapons proliferation across the Middle East and North Africa. In 1995, as a condition for indefinitely extending the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, the cornerstone of global nuclear arms control, the world’s nations committed to convening a conference for the creation of a Middle East Nuclear Weapons Free Zone. Such a nuclear weapons free zone would be inclusive of Israel and Iran. In subsequent years, the U.S. and Israel have blocked the convening of the ME NWFZ conference, which in turn led to the failures of the 2005 and 2015 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conferences, endangering the NPT itself.
Emad Kiyaei of Iran and Sharon Dolev of Israel have been leading efforts to promote the negotiation of the MENWFZ Treaty, including meetings with governments and give testimonies in numerous United Nations forums. Their work has included formation of the Middle East Treaty Organization (METO) Project and creation of a draft text of the Treaty. As long as the United States blocks the convening of the Treaty conference, it will encourage nuclear weapons proliferation across the greater Middle East. It is thus critically important for peace and disarmament activists to learn about and press U.S. support for the MENWFZ.
Sharon Dolev (left) is the founder and director of the Israeli Disarmament Movement (representing ICAN in Israel) and of the METO Project. In recent years, she presented a radio show called ‘according to foreign sources’, was the director of Greenpeace in Israel and in the past – the coordinator of the Meretz party in Israel.
Emad Kiyaei (right), formerly of the American Iranian Council and a researcher at Princeton University, is a director of METO Project and a principal at the international consulting firm IGD Group, where he provides political, business and civil society leaders with strategic advice in the intersection of political risk, disarmament and diplomacy.
Joseph Gerson, president of the Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security, and member of MAPA’s board and Nuclear Disarmament Working Group, will moderate.
Register to attend. Sponsored by the Nuclear Disarmament, Middle East, and Palestine/Israel Working Groups of Massachusetts Peace Action and by the Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security.