Activity title

Building Capacities on Arms Control for the MENA Region 2017

12/11/2017 - 16/11/2017

Background

Activity description
As part of the project ‘Building Capacities on Arms Control in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region’, the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) organized an executive education course in Amman, Jordan, on 12-16 November, 2017. The seminars were hosted by the Jordan Institute for Diplomacy in partnership with the Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Arab Institute for Security Studies (ACSIS), with funding provided by the Government of Switzerland. The five-day course was attended by 23 government officials from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Switzerland. The course provided an opportunity for participants to hear speakers from Europe, the United States and the Middle East and discuss various aspects of conventional arms control, WMD non-proliferation, and disarmament with a regional focus. In particular, improvised explosive devices (IEDs), chemical, biological and nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles and the Iranian nuclear programme were discussed. The participants also attended the annual Amman Security Colloquium and Nuclear Forum, and visited the SESAME project on scientific cooperation among countries of the region.

Project description
The project ‘Building Capacities on Arms Control in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region’ is being implemented by the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) and specifically seeks to engage both Geneva-based practitioners and regional stakeholders in the Middle East and North Africa on international arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament. The project includes both courses in Geneva and courses in the MENA region focussing on weapons of mass destruction, conventional weapons, international humanitarian law and specific regional security challenges.

Focus of Activity

Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW)
International instruments
Regional cooperation

Type of Activity

Institutional capacity-building

Partners

Algeria
Egypt
Iraq
Jordan
Libya
Morocco
Palestine
Saudi Arabia
Sudan
Switzerland

Implementers

Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP)

Donors

Switzerland

URLs

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Contact Details

Marc Finaud, Senior Programme Advisor
GCSP
Maison de la paix, Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2D
1211 Geneva 1 (Switzerland)
Phone: +41 (0)22 730 96 41
Email: m.finaud@gcsp.ch