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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Journal for Peace and Nuclear Disarmament

For a Special Issue on
Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction

Manuscript deadline
31 January 2022

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Hibiki Yamaguchi, Managing Editor, Journal for Peace and Nuclear Disarmament
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Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction

The Journal for Peace and Nuclear Disarmament (J-PAND) invites papers for a special feature in the next issue to be published in 2022 on the history, prospects, challenges, and possible impacts of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction.

A Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction (henceforth the zone or WMDFZ) was first proposed by Egypt in 1990 with backing from Iran. Since then there has been several initiatives to support the realization of the zone and major shifts in related security concerns within and between key countries of the region, and globally.

The decision that allowed the indefinite extension of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) in 1995, required the “the establishment of an effectively verifiable Middle East zone free of weapons of mass destruction, nuclear, chemical and biological, and their delivery systems.” The NPT process has so far not delivered in this goal. The 2010 NPT Review Conference final document called on all Middle East states to participate in a conference in 2012 to establish the Zone, but it was never held. A dispute over setting a 2016 deadline for establishing a conference to negotiate the Zone derailed agreement on a consensus document at the 2015 NPT Review Conference. In 2018, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution establishing an annual conference an establishing a WMDFZ Treaty text through an inclusive process – the first conference was in 2019. Complementing the formal diplomatic process are multilateral institutional and civil society initiatives to advance the Zone.

Given these recent developments, articles would contribute to answering the following questions that may include, but are not limited to:

  • Context: what lessons can be drawn from past and current efforts to establish nuclear weapon free zones and to ban weapons of mass destruction relevant to the Middle East?
  • Process: what are the historical and current dynamics within and between regional states, great powers, elites and publics, and non-state actors, relevant to achieving the Zone, and its relationship to the NPT, TPNW, UNSC Resolution 1540, and the global nuclear order?
  • Obligations: what could be possible measures for each class of biological, chemical and nuclear weapons and related activities relevant to the zone and how might such measures impact disarmament, verification, monitoring and compliance efforts?
  • Obstacles: what are significant domestic, regional and international political, institutional, technical, legal, and ideational obstacles facing the establishment of the Zone and what might be done to overcome them?
  • Futures: what are possible Middle East security futures with and without the Zone and their implications for human and state security in the region and globally?