• Affiliation : Representative of the Secretary General for Disarmament and Regional Security and the Director of Disarmament and Multilateral Relations at the League of Arab States
  • Affiliation : Acting Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, Department of State
  • Affiliation : Deputy Director General, Rosatom State Corporation for Atomic Energy of the Russian Federation
  • Affiliation : Chairman, Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs
  • Position : Consultant
  • Affiliation : PIR Center
  • Affiliation : Dean of Academic Programs, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology
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PIR Center Seminar on WMD-Free Zone in the Middle East


MOSCOW, SEPTEMBER 6, 2012. PIR PRESS – On October 4th, 2012 PIR Center will hold an international seminar “2012 Conference on the Middle East Zone Free of Weapons of Mass Destruction – Searching for Solutions”.

On October 4th, 2012 PIR Center, with the support of the Gorchakov Foundation for Promoting Public Diplomacy, will hold an international seminar “2012 Conference on the Middle East Zone Free of Weapons of Mass Destruction – Searching for Solutions”. The seminar will take place in Moscow, Russia.

In December 2012, as a part of the process towards implementing the 2010 NPT Review Conference decisions, an international conference on a WMD-Free Zone in the Middle East will take place in Helsinki (Finland). Russia, along with the United States and the United Kingdom, is one of the key players in this process, since it is a co-sponsor of the 1995 NPT Review Conference Middle East resolution.

However, as of today, at the international level there are no constructive solutions which could ensure the success of the 2012 Middle East Conference. Debates which will unfold during the PIR Center’s international seminar in Moscow are designed to find ways of constructive dialogue between key players of the process of establishing WMD-Free Zone in the Middle East.

The seminar will be attended by senior representatives of Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Finland, Israel, Egypt, Iran, by representatives of the League of Arab States, IAEA. Among them are Ambassador Sergey A. Ryabkov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia; Ambassador Jaakko laajava, Facilitator of the 2012 Middle East Conference; Ambassador Wael Al-Assad, Director of Disarmament and Multilateral Relations of the League of Arab States; Ambassador Jeremy Issacharoff, Deputy Director General for Strategic Affairs of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel; Ambassador Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Permanent Representative the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Vienna; Rafael Grossi, Assistant Director General of the IAEA for Political Affairs. Besides, a number of representatives of the Middle East research centers specializing in international security, namely from Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, UAE and Turkey, are also expected to take part in the seminar.  

Preliminary agenda of the event is available at the PIR Center’s website.

For several years PIR Center gives highest priority to the process of establishing the Middle East Zone Free of Weapons of Mass Destruction. Since 2010 PIR Center implements the “Russia and the Middle East: promoting strategic interests” Project, which implies the developing of research contacts between PIR Center and expert and political centers of the region. Great experience was gained by PIR Center during many years of theIranian Nuclear Program and Russia’s InterestsProject implementation. In 2012 PIR Center plans to prepare and publish a non-governmental White Paper on the issues of nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament in the Middle East region.

For questions related to the international seminar of October 4th, please contact Alexander Kolbin at phone +7 (495) 987-19-15, +7 (985) 764-98-96, fax +7 (495)981-19-14, or at email: