Middle East Security in the Near and Long Term

Regional Approaches to Proliferation Prevention
October 25-27, 2001
Warrenton, Virginia

Workshop Description

Middle East Security in the Near and Long Term (PDF 230 KB)
Report from the Middle East working group.

It may seem that the new realities of transnational terrorism and the global "war on terror" require a purely global focus in conceptualizing US foreign and security policies over the long term. However, sound regional security frameworks can provide essential economic, political, and military foundations for making global security initiatives workable.

In October 2001, the Stanley Foundation invited US officials and policy experts to consider US foreign policy and defense strategies for achieving regional security in four major areas of the world: Europe; the Middle East and Persian Gulf; South Asia; and within Northeast Asia, the Korean peninsula. For each separate working group, two to three participants were asked prior to the conference to author "thought-pieces" or short policy briefs on US foreign policy options. Chairs of each working group were then asked to write their own short reports.

For the Middle East and Persian Gulf, discussion focused on the future of the Israeli nuclear, chemical, and biological programs; US efforts to keep Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states committed to the war on terror; missile and weapons of mass destruction development trends in Syria, Iran, and Iraq; and US bilateral policies toward both Iran and Iraq.