The Middle East – West Asia – is one of the world’s most strategically significant regions. Unstable and conflict ridden, this regional theatre is plagued by acute security dilemmas. Strangely, the Middle East remains one of the only theatres in the world without a comprehensive regional security framework for managing, preventing and defusing conflict.
21CQ is keenly interested in the vision of transforming the Middle East into one of this century’s vibrant, stable and productive regions. It supports the proposition that the region’s challenges – from war to the threat of nuclear proliferation and international terrorism – demand new thinking, and calls for a collaborative approach to regional security in the Middle East.
To this end, building on the 2012 Global Brief classical article, “A New Security Order for the Middle East,” 21CQ will be pushing for a comprehensive regional security framework for the Middle East through the following major streams of initiatives:
21CQ is in active consultations with partners – state and non-state actors alike – to promote the establishment of a Middle East Security Framework, and will be making its arguments and interventions, more generally, in support of this major project’s goals through conferences (diplomatic or otherwise), briefings, publications, private and public interventions, as well as Track 1, Track 1.5, Track 2, and Track 3 initiatives across the region and in major world capitals.