A Middle East free of nuclear weapons: possible, probable or pipe-dream?
Article first published online: 11 MAR 2013
© 2013 The Author(s). International Affairs © 2013 The Royal Institute of International Affairs.
Special Issue: The Middle East ten years after the invasion of Iraq
Volume 89, Issue 2, pages 433–450, March 2013
How to Cite
LEWIS, P. M. (2013), A Middle East free of nuclear weapons: possible, probable or pipe-dream?. International Affairs, 89: 433–450. doi: 10.1111/1468-2346.12026
- Issue published online: 11 MAR 2013
- Article first published online: 11 MAR 2013
This article provides an overview of the attempts to address a Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)-free zone in the Middle East as mandated by the 2010 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference. The article outlines regional nuclear programmes in Egypt, Israel, Iran, Iraq and Syria, and the evolution of nuclear weapon-free zones and NPT politics. The article further proposes a set of recommendations for what might constitute a nuclear weapon-free zone treaty, including interim measures that would support the establishment of the Middle East WMD-free zone, drawing on historical precedent from relevant cases.