One of the most contentious outcomes of last year’s Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference was the decision to make the “utmost efforts” to establish the Middle East as a nuclear-weapons free zone. The Review Conference’s unanimous Final Declaration both called for an international conference discussing the possibility for a MWD-free zone in the Middle East and called upon Israel to join the NPT. On January 24th, PSA and Hudson Institue co-hosted a discussion on the possible ways such a conference might proceed, whether headway would be made, and what other regional nonproliferation activities might prove more beneficial or establish a more favorable environment for progress on these issues. Serving as panelists were Daryl Kimball, the Executive Director of the Arms Control Association; David Albright, President of the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) in Washington, D.C.; and Shmuel Bar, Director of Studies at the Institute of Policy and Strategy in Herzliya, Israel and an adjunct Senior Fellow at Hudson.
Audio and video of the event is available on Hudon's event page.