Preparing for a Constructive 2012 Conference on the Middle East Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone
The consensus decision reached at the 2010 Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) to convene a conference in 2012 on the establishment of a zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East (MEWMDFZ) was, perhaps, the most salient outcome of the quinquennium gathering. It is also one of the most challenging undertakings for a number of strategic, technical and political reasons. Despite the bleak odds stacked against the establishment of the MEWMDFZ, there is an argument for engaging in serious discussions about it and carrying out negotiations on it. This paper suggests a number of practical options to prepare for a constructive 2012 conference process.