Regional Security Dialogue in the Middle East: Changes, Challenges and Opportunities, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Regional Security Dialogue in the Middle East

Changes, Challenges and Opportunities, 1st Edition

Edited by Chen Kane, Egle Murauskaite


254 pages

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At this time of considerable political turmoil in the Middle East, there is a pressing need to explore alternative frameworks for regional security. The book discusses the Helsinki Process as one potentially relevant historical model to learn from.

The Helsinki Process began in a divided Europe in the early 1970s and, over 40 years, achieved major successes in promoting cooperation between the Warsaw Pact and NATO member states on social, human rights, security, and political issues. In this volume, established Middle East experts, former diplomats, and emerging scholars assess the regional realities from a broad range of perspectives and, with the current momentum for reform across the Middle East, chart a path towards a comprehensive mechanism that could promote long-term regional security.

Providing a gamut of views on regional threat perception and suggesting ways forward for regional peace, this book is essential reading for students and scholars with an interest in Politics, the Middle East and Conflict Studies.


This collection offers a number of intriguing options for establishing a regional process for arms control and regional security dialogue in the Middle East. To assess the options for moving forward on a security process in the region, the authors of the book’s essays draw on the Helsinki Process, which began in 1972 as a forum for NATO and Warsaw Pact countries to discuss several groups of issues in Europe, including security.

-KELSEY DAVENPORT, Arms Control Today

Table of Contents

Introduction – Chen Kane & Egle Murauskaite Part I: The Helsinki Process 1 Cautious Optimism – Lynn M. Hansen 2 A Zone in the Middle East – Rolf Ekeus Part II: Perspectives from the Region and Outside 3 The Helsinki Process and the Middle East – Nabil Fahmy & Karim Haggag 4 The Helsinki Process and its Relevance in a Changing Middle East - Ehud Eiran 5 Nuclear-Weapon- Free Zone in the Middle East: a Political View – Turki Al Faisal & Awadh Al-Bad 6 Domestic Politics in Iran and a Future Regional Process – Ariane M. Tabatabai 7 Lessons learned – Nilsu Goren Part III: The Middle East Today 8 The Helsinki process in the Middle East -Gershon Baskin & Hanna Siniora 9 The Future of Arms Control in the Middle East - Bilal Saab 10 The Middle East and the Helsinki Process – Mike Yaffe 11 Civil Society Dialogues and Middle East Regional Security – Peter Jones Part IV: Possible Futures 12 A Helsinki Process for the Middle East – Patricia Lewis & Karim Kamel Conclusion – Chen Kane

About the Editors

Dr. Chen Kane is Middle East projects manager at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies. Dr. Kane is the author of numerous publications and the founder of the Middle East Next Generation Network. Dr. Kane held research positions at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University, and the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Egle Murauskaite is Research Associate at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies. She specializes in trends of sensitive technology transfers and interdisciplinary research on other nuclear proliferation challenges, with the focus on the Middle East and South Asia.

About the Series

UCLA Center for Middle East Development (CMED) series

The UCLA Center for Middle East Development (CMED) series on Middle East security and cooperation features new and original scholarship on many of the most critical issues facing the region. Each book presents a variety of perspectives on a specific topic, such as democracy in the Middle East, dynamics of Israeli-Palestinian relations, Gulf security, and the gender factor in the Middle East. Aside from covering the key issues facing the region, the series also features a number of sub-themes under a single heading, covering security, social, political, and economic factors affecting the Middle East. Most books feature a multinational collection of authors who, for political reasons, do not always publish in the same volume or collection, so no matter what the issue, specialists from within and beyond the region offer a broad range of different viewpoints.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies