One of the most heated discussions during the conference was how to prevent further nuclear build up in the Middle East - especially with regard to Iran and Israel. This topic was adressed again in an extra forum chaired by Andrea Nüsse (Tagesspiegel, Berlin). Particularly the question of how the US and Russia should behave towards Iran raised a controversial debate amongst the panelists (Emily Landau, Arzu Celalifer Ekinici and Marc Berthold) as you can see in the video bellow.
Forum 1: Emily Landau, Senior Research Fellow and Director, Arms Control and Regional Security Program, Institute for National Security Studies, Tel Aviv, Arzu Celalifer Ekinci, Middle East and Iranian Affairs Expert, International Strategic Research Organization (USAK), Ankara and Marc Berthold, Head of Department, Foreign and Security Policy, Heinrich Böll Foundation, Berlin.
Iran and Israel where again adressed in the closing panel "Getting to Global Zero? - The Future of the Non-Proliferation Regime beyond 2010", chaired by Ralf Fücks (President, Heinrich Böll Foundation, Berlin). Likewise, the states India and Pakistan where discussed as emerging nuclear powers, because a crucial question for the panelists (Jürgen Trittin, John Steinbrunner and Arundhati Ghose) was how nuclear armed non-NPT member states could be included in a global disarmament regime.
Closing Panel: Jürgen Trittin, Deputy Parliamentary Chairman, Alliance 90/ The Greens, Berlin, John Steinbruner, Director, Center for International and Security Studies, University of Maryland (CISSM) and Arundhati Ghose, India's former Ambassador to the United Nations, New Delhi.
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