“Iran’s nuclear programme and the conflict in Syria,
especially in light of the use of WMD, in many cases dominate and define the
security dialogue in the Middle East,” said Johan Bergenas, an Abu Dhabi
security expert and deputy director of the Managing Across Boundaries
Initiative at the Stimson Centre think tank.
“There are, however, other important challenges that deserve
attention, including the illicit diversion of WMD materials and technology in
light of emerging civilian nuclear energy programmes in the region.”
Mr Bergenas was speaking ahead of a workshop in Washington
on weapons of mass destruction and strategic stability.
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