The Network has been busy this quarter - in August we met in Prague, Czech Republic for our 3rd annual meeting to review the previous year's activities and set up the agenda for the coming year. MENACS members also participated in Task Force discussions regarding the ongoing challenges of chemical weapons use in the region by non-state actors and the threat these weapons pose to Middle Eastern countries. In September, the Network attendeda training at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico where it also conducted a missile dismantlement verification exercise. Looking ahead to the future, the Network has been awarded a grant to support its project to strengthen the participation of Middle Eastern delegations in the upcoming BWC Review Conference to take place in Geneva, Switzerland in November.
Dr. Ali Ahmad (Lebanon) was appointed as the director of a new research program "
Energy Policy and Security in the Middle East" housed in the
Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut. The objective of this new program is to examine the potential for cross-border energy initiatives and projects, with a focus on nuclear energy, and to promote cooperation and trust between states in the Middle East. The initiative will use an interdisciplin-ary platform to examine, inform, and impact energy and security policies in the Middle East. In addition to this new program,
Dr. Ahmad's research and teaching cover nuclear security, energy policy, and economics. For Dr. Ahmad's publications, click here.