Developments in the Middle East and Perspectives on WMD Disarmament2

SIPRI’s Tarja Cronberg will be participating in a panel which will discuss the developments in the Middle East since the outbreak of the pandemic. The seminar is hosted by Geneva Centre for Security Policy.

Despite the Covid pandemic, the last 12 months have seen a flurry of activity in the Middle East in the field of regional security: The Abraham Accords, moves by the USA and Iran to return to compliance with the JCPOA, and elections in the USA, Iran and Israel, among many others.

In this media briefing hosted jointly by Atomic Reporters, the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and the Middle East Treaty Organization experts in the field will present to reporters from the region and beyond on these pressing topics in order to provide useful context and background to the upcoming UN conferences on weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

Speakers:

Mark Fitzpatrick, International Institute for Strategic Studies

Ali Vaez, International Crisis Group

Tarja Cronberg, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute

Sharon Dolev, Middle East Treaty Organization

Moderator:

Marc Finaud, Geneva Centre for Security Policy

Registration:

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When: 1 September, 16.00-17.00 CEST

Where: Virtual

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Publication on political tensions within Israel

Låst läge i splittrat Israel
– In Swedish

Author: Isabell Schierenbeck (University of Gothenburg)
2020

Världspolitikens Dagsfrågor,
The Swedish Institute of International Affairs

Abstract

(SV)
Israel har hållit tre val på mindre än ett år. Nyvalen är ett tecken på att motsättningarna inom det israeliska samhället har skärpts, samtidigt som stora delar av politiken har rört sig åt höger.

(ENG)
Israel has held three elections in less than a year. The snap elections are signs of how the political and social tensions within the Israeli society have grown. At the same time great parts of politics in Israel has shifted to the right.

Article on Iran’s strategic interests in Yemen

What is in Yemen for Iran? A Realist Assessment of Tehran’s
Strategic Calculus in the Arabian Peninsula

Author: Maysam Behravesh
December, 2020

A chapter in “Navigating the Regional Chessboard” (Ed. Vogt, Achim & Schmid, Sarah), December 2020

Friedrich Ebert Stiftung

Abstract

This article addresses Iran’s involvement in Yemen from a realist perspective and in the wider framework of the geopolitical rivalry between the Islamic Republic on the one hand and Saudi Arabia and its allies, particularly the United States, on the other. Focusing on the “demand” side of the civil war, or motives and incentives for its perpetuation, it tries to delineate how Iranian leaders perceive Yemen and how Tehran uses this pivotal node of “strategic depth” in the Arabian Peninsula for deterrence, security provision as well as power projection purposes. The article concludes Iran is in Yemen for the long haul and therefore urges a holistic policy approach to conflict resolution that recognizes long-term interests and concerns of all major conflicting parties on the ground and seeks to make Iran’s intervention and involvement in Yemen less necessary rather than more costly.

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SIPRI Policy Brief on missile proliferation in the MENA

Addressing Missile Threats in the Middle East and North Africa

Authors: Dr. Tytti Erästö & Pieter D. Wezeman
November, 2020

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)

Abstract

This SIPRI Policy Brief contributes to the discussion on missile proliferation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) by providing an overview of regional missile arsenals and by considering ways to address related risks. The paper makes policy recommendations, highlighting the need to move beyond the selective focus on certain types of missiles in the hands of certain states, towards a more comprehensive approach based on greater transparency, responsible arms exports and confidence- and security-building measures (CSBMs).

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The International Law Perspective on the Israel-Palestine Conflict

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict comprises several thorny political and legal issues; such as the law of occupation, notions of sovereignty and territory, the rights of minorities and the structures of representative democracy. While international law is quite clear on some of these issues, the law operates within political contexts and as we have seen in the course of the past 20 years the respect for fundamental legal frameworks has been weakened.

This webinar is the first series of three in which we will explore the legal aspects and ramifications of the conflict as well as the state of play in both the Israeli and Palestinian society.

More information can be found here.

Speakers:
Valentina Azarova: Research Fellow, Manchester International Law Centre, University of Manchester, and Legal advisor with the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN)
Catriona Drew: Lecturer in International Law the School of Law and the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS, University of London
Ralph Wilde: Associate Professor, Faculty of Laws at University College London
Pål Wrange: Professor of Public International Law at Stockholm University. Director, Stockholm Center for International Law and Justice

Moderator:
Rouzbeh Parsi
, Head of UI:s MENA Programme