Focus on the Middle East
Turning its attention to the Middle East, the Nuclear Security Project (NSP) announced the launch of the "Nuclear Forum—Views From the Middle East" by its Jordan-based partner, the Arab Institute for Security Studies (ACSIS). ACSIS has launched the Forum to: promote dialogue on nuclear security issues among policymakers, scholars, researchers and the public; expand the network of security experts in the region; and serve as a hub for resources on nuclear issues.
Also addressing security challenges in the Middle East, Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) Co-Chairman and European Leadership Network (ELN) Convener Des Browne recently commended a network of young people from the troubled region for their innovative work on capacity building and regional dialogue. "You are showing your region—and the world—what is possible" and laying the foundation for progress on nonproliferation and security issues, Browne told the Middle East Next Generation of Arms Control Specialists network. The group was meeting at the United Nations in New York at a side event to the PrepCom for the 2015 NPT Review Conference. The event, "Change in Action: Overcoming Barriers to Non-Proliferation in the Middle East," was sponsored by the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the Center for Nonproliferation Studies.