How young Iranians, Israelis and Arabs are working together on regional security and non-proliferation
By Chris Wright, Foreign & Security Policy Group, British Embassy Washington
Wherever you get your news from – TV, your smartphone or good old newspapers – you rarely hear good news about the Middle East. Deep divisions, ramped-up rhetoric and ceaseless conflict dominate the headlines. So when the Monterey Institute of International Studies approached us at the British Embassy about bringing together young professionals from the region to form a network to work together on non-proliferation, arms control and regional security, I was at once intrigued and sceptical. Could they really persuade Iranians, Israelis and Arabs and others in the region to work together on such sensitive issues?
It turns out the answer was yes.