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, West Asia remains one of the only theatres in the world without a comprehensive, sufficiently inclusive regional security framework for managing, preventing and defusing conflict.
21CQ is keenly interested in the vision of transforming West Asia 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 proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and cross-border terrorism, inter alia – demand new thinking, and calls for a collaborative approach to regional security in West Asia and mainstreaming the idea of an inclusive security architecture for the region.
In the 21CQ Expert Exchange dedicated to the topic, we ask top analysts, policy wonks and luminaries from the region and beyond to share their reflections on what a West Asian Security Framework, including with respect to the Persian Gulf regional theatre, looks like.
Click here for contributions from 21CQ’s Vice-President, Sam Sasan Shoamanesh (English & Persian); HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal, former Crown Prince of The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; Ambassador Marc Otte, Belgium’s Special Envoy for Syria and Vice-President of the European Institute for Peace, and Andrey Kortunov, Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council.
Stay tuned for more contributions to our 21CQ Expert Exchange on this important topic.