At the NPT, the Middle East has something to teach everyone

On Tuesday August 9th, METO hosted a side event at the 2022 NPT Tenth Review Conference in association with the Irish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the New York office of the German-funded, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. The Conference, after having been delayed for the last two years due to COVID-19, lasted from August 1st-August 26thContinue reading “At the NPT, the Middle East has something to teach everyone”

The Hills are Alive with the Sound of… Nuclear Ban Week!

With apologies for the allusion to Julie Andrews singing about the hills of the Austrian Alps, Vienna (rather than Salzburg) will be METO’s de facto home for one week in June, where we will converge with civil society activists, diplomats, government representatives and many other stakeholders from all over the world in the campaign toContinue reading “The Hills are Alive with the Sound of… Nuclear Ban Week!”

The war in Ukraine: Repercussions in the World and in the Middle East

On Wednesday, April 13, METO together with our friends at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) organized a webinar on the above topic with four speakers with connections to the region: Dr Ali Fathollah-Nejad (Iran/Germany), Associate Fellow at the American University of Beirut; Amb. Lina Arafat (Jordan), METO; Amb. Karim Haggag (Egypt), Professor atContinue reading “The war in Ukraine: Repercussions in the World and in the Middle East”

Consequences of chemical weapons still felt by victims 34 years after the attack on Halabja, Northern Iraq

The 16th of March 2022 marks the 34th anniversary of the despicable attack on Halabja by the forces of Saddam Hussain on the Kurdish population of Northern Iraq. The population was targeted with what experts later concluded to be “a lethal cocktail of mustard gas, and the nerve agents Tabun, Sarin and VX.” Mustard gasContinue reading “Consequences of chemical weapons still felt by victims 34 years after the attack on Halabja, Northern Iraq”

METO at St Andrew’s University

On February 16th, METO and the University of St. Andrews Foreign Affairs Society hosted a roadshow discussion on the future of Weapons of Mass Destruction in Global Politics. Emad Kiyaei joined via Zoom to talk to many St. Andrews students interested in futures in diplomacy and disarmament. Britt Gronemeyer, a member of METO’s university networkContinue reading “METO at St Andrew’s University”

Reorienting Western perspectives on WMD disarmament in the Middle East

On the 12th of February, METO and Influencing Corridors of Power (ICOP) co-hosted a hybrid event ‘Reorienting Western perspectives on WMD disarmament in the Middle East’, which took place at SOAS University of London. The event was moderated by Alice Filiberto and Zemal Sheerani, who are both members of METO University Network, and introduced byContinue reading “Reorienting Western perspectives on WMD disarmament in the Middle East”

UN Conference on a WMD Free Zone in the Middle East

On Tuesday, 23rd of November, Atomic Reporters, the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, the International Physicians for the prevention of Nuclear War, the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation in New York and METO, hosted an online panel discussion on the upcoming second session of the November Conference at the UN on the subject of the Middle EastContinue reading “UN Conference on a WMD Free Zone in the Middle East”