Academic Peace Orchestra Middle East

The Academic Peace Orchestra Middle East is a classical Track-II initiative: The Orchestra consists of some 70 experts – mainly from the Middle East/Gulf, one of the most conflict-ridden areas of the world. The Orchestra is meeting regularly in working groups (“Chamber Orchestra Units”) on specific topics in the context of a nine part conference cycle from 2011-2014. The main goal of this initiative is to shape the “Middle East Conference 2012” on the establishment of a zone free of weapon of mass destruction and their delivery vehicles agreed upon by the international community in May 2010.

For this reason, these experts develop ideas, concepts, and background information in a series of some 40 “Policy Briefs” which are the results of intense discussions within the “Chamber Orchestra Units”. They will be released under the series title “Policy Brief for the Middle East Conference on a WMD/DV Free Zone” and will be sent to high-ranking decision makers in the Middle East/Gulf, diplomats and (inter)national media. In this framework, the broader normative “Cooperative Security Concept” – will be further developed, embedded, and institutionalized in the region. The concept also served as the basis for the earlier project “Missile Defense Research”. At the same time, the Orchestra meetings serve as venues for confidence-building among the experts. The networking activities of PRIF’s project group are documented by the Atlas on Track-II research activities in or about the Middle East/Gulf region.

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Creating New Momentum for Disarmament and Nonproliferation in the Middle East/Gulf

Building on past achievements the Academic Peace Orchestra Middle East is currently focusing on the Ambassador Laajava centered project “Creating New Momentum for Disarmament and Nonproliferation in the Middle East/Gulf” with the Frankfurt Kick-off Conference in early December 2015 and the Follow-up Berlin Conference in May 2016. The project is sponsored by the foreign ministries in Berlin and Berne. The two conferences which aim at overcoming the current stalemate by initiating a new conference process are designed and organized by the project group which includes the project director Bernd W. Kubbig as well as the research assistants Lisa Weis and Sophia Wenzel.

Project director:
Employees:
  • Weidlich, Christian
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Arms Control and Missile Proliferation in the Middle East | 2012

Bernd W. Kubbig/ Sven-Eric Fikenscher, Arms Control and Missile Proliferation in the Middle East. London (Routledge), 2012.

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The Reconciliation of Hamas and Fatah. | 2011

Margret Johannsen (Coordinator)/Ziad AbuZayyad/Karima El Ouazghari/Judith Palmer Harik/Anat Kurz/Jamil Rabah, The Reconciliation of Hamas and Fatah. Smoothing the Way to the Middle East Conference by Contributing to Peace and Security in the Region, Policy Brief No. 3, Frankfurt/M., 2011.

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Getting the Middle East Conference Started. | 2011

Bernd W. Kubbig/Christian Weidlich/Gawdat Bahgat/Ephraim Kam, Getting the Middle East Conference Started. Opportunities for Israel and Iran to Join the Process, Policy Brief No. 2, Frankfurt/M., 2011.

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How to Make the Middle East Conference Happen, Successful, and Sustainable. | 2011

Bernd W. Kubbig/Christian Weidlich/Roberta Mulas, How to Make the Middle East Conference Happen, Successful, and Sustainable. A Conceptual Framework for a Track II Expert Group's Contribution, Policy Brief No. 1, Frankfurt/M., 2011.

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Building on Experiences of Mediation in the Arab World. | 2011

István Balogh/Andreas Auer/S. Gülden Ayman/Gawdat Bahgat/Carolin Goerzig/Nursin Atesoglu Güney/Bernd W. Kubbig/Judith Palmer Harik/Erzsébet N. Rózsa/Omar Shaban, Building on Experiences of Mediation in the Arab World. Assessing Positive Conditions for the Middle East Conference, Policy Brief No. 4, Frankfurt/M., 2011.

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Nuclear Weapon Free Zones and the Nuclear Powers | 2011

Roberta Mulas, Nuclear Weapon Free Zones and the Nuclear Powers. Lessons for a WMD/DVs Free Zone in the Middle East, Policy Brief No. 5, Frankfurt M., 2011.

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Luftpost aus dem Jemen | 2010

Maurice Döring, Luftpost aus dem Jemen - Ein fragiler Staat im Kampf gegen den Terror, HSFK-Report Nr. 7/2010, Frankfurt/M.

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Donors

Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
www.bmz.de/en
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES)
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES)
www.fes.de
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway
www.regjeringen.no/en
Protestant Church in Hesse and Nassau (EKHN)
Protestant Church in Hesse and Nassau (EKHN)
www.ekhn.de/meta/english