In 2012, momentum ran out of an effort to establish a zone in the Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction. In 2013, a chemical attack in the outskirts of Damascus nearly brought about US intervention in the Syrian civil war and ultimately led to Syria's accession to the Chemical Weapons Convention. Against this backdrop, some have suggested that the time is right to establish in the region a zone free of chemical weapons. How might a chemical-weapon-free zone in the Middle East contribute to regional security, and could it revitalize the initiative to rid the region of all weapons of mass destruction?
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