The latest violent conflict between Palestine and Israel further destabilises an already volatile region. The Middle East continues to face insecurity, instability and carnage from the manmade catastrophe in the Saudi-led war on Yemen, the on-going Syrian war, Iraq’s internal turmoil, and in faltering states such as Libya and Somalia. METO unequivocally condemns all forms of violent conflict raging across the region by all parties involved. We stand in solidarity with the civilians who are paying the ultimate cost of war with their lives and shattered hopes of a better future.
METO is delighted to announce the launch of our University Network. METO UN is a network of Student Representatives from educational institutions all over the world who feel somehow connected to the importance of creating a WMD-free zone in the Middle East. Our students could be from the Zone, have family connections to it, or study in relevant fields such as International Relations, Middle East Studies, Peace Studies, and many other.
In episode 8 of In The Zone, Anahita Parsa and Paul Ingram interview our very own Emad Kiyaei. In this interview, Emad talks about the Iran Nuclear Deal, the JCPOA, what it is, what’s happening in Iranian politics, what the Europeans are doing, what the US should be doing and what the lessons for multilateral diplomacy are.
As the Iran nuclear deal (the JCPOA as it is often referred to) continued to hog the spotlight of all international reporting on the Middle East, the Middle East Treaty Organization, together with our partners, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), organised a rather unique webinar bringing together the voices from important constituencies in the USA, namely Jewish Americans, Arab Americans and Iranian Americans to talk about the importance of the USA and Iran returning to full compliance with the JCPOA, in the context of a need to develop regional security within a WMD-free zone.
In this special episode of In The Zone we have taken some of the best bits from our recent webinar, organized in collaboration with the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, featuring four representative perspectives on the Iranian nuclear deal and its relationship with the proposal to set up a WMD-Free Zone across the Middle East.
In recent months, the focus on the Iran Nuclear Deal (the JCPOA) has been on the United States (who unilaterally withdrew from the agreement under the Trump presidency) and on Iran (who subsequently started to stop compliance with some of the agreement’s terms).
METO is delighted to confirm our participation in the upcoming online CND conference titled Working for Peace in the Middle East on 22nd May, 2021. Directors Sharon Dolev and Emad Kiyaei will speak on the panel “Voices from the Middle East: can the region be nuclear-free?” from 1pm to 2:10pm.
In episode 6 of In The Zone, Sharon Dolev and Paul Ingram interview Wael Al Assad, currently a senior adviser to the Qatari National Committee for the prohibition of weapons and a senior fellow on the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) Middle East Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone project. In this interview, Wael talks about the benefits of the WMDFZ to all countries of the region, the need for all sides (Arab, Israelis and Iranians) to drop the rhetoric and to start to negotiate in good faith, the strategy used by METO to move things forward by the development of a draft treaty text, and he calls on the major external powers with interests in the region to allow the states to negotiate without interference.
This International Women’s Day, the Middle East Treaty Organisation (METO) celebrates the women central to global peacebuilding and disarmament.
METO is proud to be led by a woman and, as a team, is 50% composed of women of colour who embody a diverse range of individuals contributing to the effort to research into, promote and establish a Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone in the Middle East.