Education

WMD Disarmament & Security & Technology Nexus

Registration for METO’s course is now open. Please use the form below to register your interest.

Our course of 10-sessions will provide students with a thorough understanding of weapons of mass destruction proliferation through a regional and global scope and efforts to strengthen international non-proliferation regimes. The course will also examine regional security issues and the implications of emerging technologies such as autonomous weapons and artificial intelligence on nuclear and other WMD risks. The course will be taught with perspectives from the Middle East and beyond. 

Banning nuclear weapons in the Middle East has been linked to broader regional security issues and the eventual banning of all weapons of mass destruction. A Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone (WMDFZ) was first proposed by Egypt in 1990 with backing from Iran. The proposal for a WMD-free zone in the Middle East, however, faces daunting challenges in the most troubled region of the world.

Through class discussion and guest speakers from academia and practitioners in WMD non-proliferation, this course will provide students with the ability to analyse these challenges, revisit past efforts to achieve the zone and identify future scenarios to rid the region of all WMDs.

Through 10 modules, students will delve into various aspects related to the subject, engage with guest expert lecturers, participate in discussions, collaborate with fellow students in a group project and explore recommended reading materials to deepen their understanding. Classes will be conducted twice a week, each lasting 90-minutes and led by a leading expert in the respective topic. 

Dedicated office hours and student online-meetings are also provided for further discussion and collaboration amongst students.

Objectives

  • Gain understanding about WMD non-proliferation globally and in the region.
  • Examine the security and disarmament sector through a gender lens and the importance of diverse voices to actively engage and shape this discourse. 
  • Observe the history of WMD proliferation across the region.
  • Explore the role foreign states play in the development of WMD programs in the region.
  • Learn about the link and impact of nuclear war on the environment.
  • Examine the risk of WMD acquisition and possible use in the future.
  • Delve into AI’s implications and convergence with nuclear, biological and autonomous weapons.
  • Learn advocacy, activism and the role of civil society in WMD non-proliferation in the Middle East.

Lecture topics

1: Course introduction & background on the WMD Free Zone in the Middle East
2: Environmental and Humanitarian Cost of Nuclear War
3: Nuclear Weapons Free Zones and global non-proliferation conventions
4: History of regional WMD proliferation & future risks
5: World power WMDs and efforts towards disarmament
6: Gender in Disarmament and Security Sector
7: Emerging technology  and AI in weapons systems
8: Multiple avenues to advance peace, security and disarmament in Middle East
9: Advocacy, activism and role of civil society in WMD non-proliferation
10: Final Class & and Course Recap

Dates

Session 1: Tuesday 20th August
Session 2: Thursday 22nd August
Session 3: Tuesday 27th August
Session 4: Thursday 29th August
Session 5: Tuesday 3rd September
Session 6: Thursday 5th September
Session 7: Tuesday 10th September
Session 8: Thursday 12th September
Session 9: Tuesday 17th September
Final presentations: Thursday 26th September

All sessions will start at 16:00 UK time, 11:00 New York time.
All sessions will be recorded so that students in time zones that make participation complicated will be able to take part.

Requirements

Your final grade will be based largely (80%) on a writing assignment and group presentation. The requirements for this course include a one-page policy brief, a group assignment and a presentation.

Final grades will be assigned based on your performance in the following areas: Participation 20%, Policy Brief 35%, Group Assignment & Presentation 45%.

The course is based on a pass or fail grading system, with successful students receiving a certificate from METO.

Fee Structure

CategoryFee
Government officials and diplomats€700
Academics & researchers€450
Students from outside the Middle East and North Africa**€250
Students from the Middle East and North Africa*€150
Members of the METO University NetworkFee waived

*Scholarships are available for students from the Middle East and North Africa.
**Scholarships are available for students with limited financial means.

Course enquiries

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