Middle East Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone

Middle East Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone

The "Athens Dialogue on a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction as well as their means of delivery” took place on 14-16 November 2012 at the Conference Centre of the European Public Law Organisation (EPLO) in Sounion, Greece.

It was hosted and facilitated by the Centre of Dialogue and EPLO. Around forty participants including Israeli, Palestinian, Arab, Iranian and other Middle Eastern civil society leaders, experts and former diplomats, and some diplomatic representatives took part in the Dialogue.

The gathering of Middle East representatives was marked by extraordinary respect and empathy between participants coming from the areas of conflict. Using the dialogue method developed and refined over many years by the Centre for Dialogue, the meeting generated a range of connections, new opportunities for networking and new ideas on ways forward for Middle Eastern governments and communities.

The full report of the "Athens Dialogue" is now available online in four languages (English, Arabic, Hebrew and Farsi).

A three-page Summary of Recommendations is also available online.

The Athens Dialogue is part of larger ongoing project. The research team is convened by Professor Joseph Camilleri and includes Professor Michael Hamel-Green (Victoria University), Assoc Prof Marianne Hanson (University of Queensland), Dr Michális Michael (Centre for Dialogue) and Nicholas Taylor (Centre for Dialogue/UQ). The project has been supported by La Trobe’s Institute of Human Security, the University of Queensland and the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.

The research has resulted in a major article: N.A.J. Taylor, Joseph A. Camilleri and Michael Hamel-Green, ‘Dialogue on Middle East biological, nuclear and chemical weapons disarmament: Constraints and opportunities’, Alternatives: Global, Local, Political, 38(1), 2013, 78-98.