Daisy Alliance to Host Middle East Nuclear Weapons Free Zone Panel Discussion at UN

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Daisy Alliance will host a panel event at the United Nations on May 7, 2010 during the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference. Experts on Middle East proliferation issues, Dr. Avner Cohen, Dr. Michael Yaffe, and Dr. Gawdat Bahgat will present their ideas on “Getting to a Middle East Nuclear Weapons Free Zone (NWFZ),” discuss the current regional challenges to a Middle East NWFZ, and provide policy recommendations and confidence building measures to encourage success in implementing a Middle East NWFZ Treaty.

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...numerous regional challenges have prevented successful negotiations resulting in a treaty since a ME NWFZ was first proposed to the UN General Assembly in 1974. Our panelists will present fresh ideas that may help break this historical impasse.

Daisy Alliance will host a panel event at the 2010 NPT Review Conference on May 7, 2010, 10am-1pm. The panel’s topic, “Getting to a Middle East Nuclear Weapons Free Zone,” will be held at the UN, in NGO Room A in the Temporary North Lawn Building. Panelists will be Dr. Avner Cohen, Dr. Michael Yaffe, and Dr. Gawdat Bahgat. Holly Lindamood, Daisy Alliance Program Director for Nonproliferation and Disarmament, will moderate the panel.

The goal of the panel is to bring together delegates to the NPT Review Conference to hear recommendations that will facilitate progress on implementing a Middle East NWFZ. The panel will discuss the current regional challenges to establishing a NWFZ and provide security and confidence building mechanisms and policy recommendations to guide policymakers in initiating serious negotiations. This topic is particularly timely because the 1995 Middle East Resolution was key to the indefinite extension of the NPT. Failure to resolve this issue potentially threatens the NPT as the cornerstone of the nonproliferation and disarmament regime. According to Bruce A. Roth, Executive Director of Daisy Alliance and author of No Time to Kill, “A Middle East NWFZ is widely supported in principle, but numerous regional challenges have prevented successful negotiations resulting in a treaty since it was first proposed to the UN General Assembly in 1974. Our panelists will present fresh ideas that may help to break this historical impasse.”

The panelists have extensive experience and expertise on Middle East proliferation issues. Dr. Avner Cohen, Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Senior Research Fellow at the Center for International and Security Studies at the University of Maryland, is an internationally recognized expert on nonproliferation issues. He also authored Israel and the Bomb and the forthcoming The Worst-Kept Secret: Israel’s Bargain with the Bomb. Dr. Michael Yaffe, Professor of International Relations at the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University, was a career Foreign Affairs Officer, specializing in Middle East security and nuclear proliferation. He also served on the U.S. delegation to the multilateral Arms Control and Regional Security Working Group of the Madrid Peace Process and as the senior advisor and a U.S. negotiator on Middle East issues as several NPT Review Conferences and Preparatory Committees. Dr. Gawdat Bahgat, Professor at the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University, was previously the Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has authored numerous books and articles on nuclear proliferation in the Middle East, including his most recent book, Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons in the Middle East.

The NPT is the sole multilateral agreement on nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament and the cornerstone of the nuclear nonproliferation regime. Multilateral NPT Review Conferences, aimed at improving the NPT, are held at five-year intervals to ensure continued cooperation and coordination on nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament. The 1995 Review Conference extended the treaty indefinitely and reinforced nonproliferation and disarmament commitments by states parties. The upcoming NPT Review Conference is particularly crucial to the viability of the nonproliferation regime, which is at a precipice due to the failure of states parties to even agree on an agenda at the 2005 Review Conference.

ABOUT DAISY ALLIANCE—Daisy Alliance was founded by Bruce A. Roth in 2006 as a nonpartisan grassroots peace organization. It works to improve global peace and security by reducing the threat or use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and by promoting the rule of international law. Daisy Alliance raises funds from the sale of its products—lapel pins, pendants, and the book, No Time To Kill—in order to educate the public about the devastation nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons are capable of inflicting and the threat they pose to civilization. No Time To Kill is a holistic guide to WMD, terrorism, and genocide, written for the layperson and scholar alike. More than just discussing these problems, it presents a reasonable solution to make the planet safer—an approach never tried before. The Daisy Alliance logo symbolizes the globe at its center and its petals represent people of the world. The inspiration for the name Daisy Alliance came from the 1964 Lyndon B. Johnson presidential television campaign ad.

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Bruce A. Roth
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990 Hammond Drive, Suite 830
Atlanta, GA 30328
770-261-4274 (phone)
bruce(at)daisyalliance(dot)org
http://www.daisyalliance.org

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