Postponing Middle East Conference 2012: Its Future Impact on WMD Proliferation in the Middle East

Nurşin ATEŞOĞLU GÜNEY
07 December 2013
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The Middle East in the aftermath of the Arab Spring has been characterized by great uncertainty and instability, and this situation is without doubt making the region a particularly troublesome environment in terms of (potential) proliferation. It is of no surprise that today a number of IR scholars share Barry Buzan’s view of the Middle East as a conflict-prone region. Indeed, there are few areas of the world as constantly plagued by war and instability as the Middle East. This region in the last 50 years has not only witnessed three major wars but also two sizeable military interventions by external powers. Moreover, the state of Israel has been a source of friction in the region since its inception, and little has changed in this regard today. In the aftermath of the Arab Spring, the Arab streets’ demands for democracy and better living conditions has not resulted in the expected transition to a democratic form of governance but has instead become hostage to various counter revolutionary attempts. This uncertainty about the Middle East’s future has given way to an outbreak in violent conflict of various intensity across the region. What we are witnessing in much of the Middle East is a traumatic human tragedy; the Arab street is becoming a victim of conventional conflict, witnessing also the use of chemical weapons. The latest UN report about Syria is critical evidence of this reality.

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