The Problem

The process to establish a Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone (WMDFZ) in the Middle East desperately needs an injection of energy, creativity and commitment, for its own sake and for the health of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) that is so closely tied to it. Although, in theory, there is a shared vision, so far it has been mired with fractious dispute over the basis, modalities and sequencing, to the extent that stakeholders are now more familiar with the obstacles than the opportunities.