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Ehud Eiran is an assistant professor in the School of Political Science at Haifa University in Israel. He is a former associate and research fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and a former lecturer in the department of political science at MIT. Prior to his academic career Eiran held positions in the Israeli civil service including assistant to the prime minister's foreign policy advisor. Eiran received his doctorate in political science from Brandeis University in 2010.
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The place: Helsinki. The time: 2012. The event: A landmark conference that would mark the greatest success so far in long-running efforts to establish in the Middle East a zone free of weapons of mass destruction. The conference didn't happen. Does that mean the process is dead?
My colleagues and I have discussed at length the principles behind banning weapons of mass destruction from the Middle East. But any analysis of such a project's feasibility should also include an honest examination of the region's political and social circumstances.
Nearly 40 years ago, the UN General Assembly first adopted a resolution endorsing the establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the Middle East. At the 2010 Review Conference for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), specific measures to advance this vision were agreed upon.