The stalemate in the Middle East Peace Process has taken a drastic turn for the worse in the past months. With violence exploding, hopes for positive steps towards a Palestinian-Israeli accord in the near future are all but extinguished. How will this deteriorating situation effect the rest of the Middle East? What are the near to mid-term prospects for the region? What is happening with ACRS and what, if anything, are its possibilities? Topics such as the international community is wavering equivocations on how to deal with Iraq, recent elections throughout the region and their implications, and the indisputable strategic importance of the Middle East demand a new examination through a regional security and disarmament lens. This issue of Disarmament Forum will offer a deeper exploration of how and why the Middle East constitutes such an important challenge to arms control and disarmament.

Citation: Kerstin Vignard (ed.) (2001). "Disarmament Forum: The Middle East", UNIDIR, Geneva.

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  • Editor’s note, Kerstin Vignard
  • Special Comment, Ambassador Nabil Fahmy
  • Promoting arms control and regional security in the Middle East, Michael D. Yaffe
  • The Arab-Israeli peace process: badly wounded, not destroyed, Steven L. Spiegel
  • Jordan, Israel and Palestine: looking beyond the peace process, Paul Lalor
  • Arms sales, arms control and regional security in the Middle East, Anthony H. Cordesman
  • Missile proliferation in the Middle East: a regional perspective, Mohamed Kadry Said
  • From UNSCOM to UNMOVIC: the United Nations and Iraq, Patricia Lewis
  • Starting over: the prospects for regional security and arms control in the Middle East in the next decade, Gerald M. Steinberg
  • Middle East Resource List