A Jordanian’s Perspective on Nonproliferation
By Ala’ A. Alrababa’h, Middle East Next Generation Arms Control Network Fellow
During my undergraduate studies Dartmouth College, I took several classes related to issues of international security and nuclear weapons. This prompted me to think hard about my background. I realized that three of Jordan’s neighbors, namely Israel, Iraq, and Syria, possessed or continue to possess weapons of mass destruction. I’ve had conflicting views on such weapons ever since. On the one hand, I appreciated the argument for nuclear deterrence, particularly during the Cold War. On the other hand, I feared the possibility of use of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East. Chemical weapons were used in the region in the past, and, according to some reports, nuclear weapons were close to being used.
My uncertainty about those issues drove me to investigate them further. Thus, during the summer of 2012, I worked as a Davis Fellow at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey, California. During my time there, Dr. Kane invited me to join the network. I welcomed the opportunity and participated in my first event with the network in July 2012. I have been a member since.