Chen Zak, Senior Research Associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies will present an MTA seminar entitled "The role of civil society in promoting a Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone in the Middle East" on Friday April 1, at 2pm in the Belfer Center library.

Because of the unique political and geo-strategic circumstances of the Middle East, civil society in the region has had more than 15 years of firsthand experience in dealing with arms control and nonproliferation issues. In fact, civil society meetings have been the only fora for regular regional dialogue on arms control and nonproliferation issues since 1995. The objective of the presentation is to analyze past, present and future civil society role in promoting the establishment of the Middle East as a Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone.