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.

Apr 02, 2012
WPS Sidhu, Bruce Jones, Colette Jaycox
Middle East

Bruce Jones, says less technology will hurt UNIFIL's peacekeeping abilities.

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Mar 27, 2012
Bruce Jones
Middle East

A discussion held on 19 March 2012 entitled Nurturing Democracy in the Arab World: How can outsiders help? explored the question of what outside actors—established and emerging powers, NGOs, the UN, investors—can do to promote democratic institution-building and rule of law in the Arab World.

Mar 19, 2012
Bruce Jones, James Traub, Sarah Cliffe, Shadi Hamid
Middle East
Arab Awakening

The twenty-first century will be defined by security threats unconstrained by borders—from economic instability, climate change, and nuclear proliferation to conflict, poverty, terrorism and disease. The greatest test of global leadership will be building partnerships and institutions for cooperation that can meet the challenge.

Jan 27, 2009
Bruce Jones, Carlos Pascual, Stephen John Stedman

The Annual Review of Global Peace Operations 2012 was launched on 28 February 2012. This edition, the seventh in a series, was published by Lynne Rienner and can be ordered at

The stakes couldn’t be higher for the former secretary-general’s new mission to Damascus as U.N. mediator—if he fails, the diplomatic route may be exhausted. Bruce Jones on why Putin’s talk of a ceasefire is a useful opening.

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Mar 03, 2012
Bruce Jones
Middle East, Syria