"Creation of a Zone Free of Weapons of Mass Destruction in the Middle East is inseparably linked to the ongoing Middle East peace process. Luckily there is a feedback as well: development of sustained dialogue on the Zone can in turn facilitate the Middle East peace process, leading to creation of favorable atmosphere for further negotiations" - Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, Security Index Journal Editorial Board member Sergey Ryabkov.


On October 4th, 2012 PIR Center will hold an international seminar “2012 Conference on the Middle East Zone Free of Weapons of Mass Destruction – Searching for Solutions”.

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Name: Laajava Jaakko
Affiliation: Facilitator of the 2012 Middle East Conference
Nuclear power in the Middle East
Iranian nuclear program
Nuclear Weapons-Free-Zone in the Middle East
Biography :

Under-Secretary of State, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, Helsinki, and Facilitator for the Conference on the establishment of a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons and all other weapons of mass destruction. Former Director-General for Political Affairs and Ambassador of Finland to the United States (Washington, D.C.) and to the United Kingdom (London). Other diplomatic assignments include Paris, Geneva, Warsaw, Belgrade and Madrid. He has a B.A. from Stockholm University and M.A. from the University of Helsinki. Fellow at the Center for International Affairs, Harvard University 1985-86.