The initiative to create a zone free of Weapons of Mass Destruction in the Middle East is currently being pursued by a core group of civil society members with international experts and diplomats. While the idea of it in the middle east is supported almost unanimously, no one seems to believe it is possible. The act would require immense trust and cooperation from every people group and nation, despite ideological and religious conflict, and strong nationalism among regions. In the event that the initative moves forward, the Middle East Treaty Organization (METO), would take the lead.
A WMD free zone is not a new idea. It has been a ‘decade-long’ pursuit that has faced setbacks due to geopolitical and security reasons, along with the lack of political will to endure. There are currently eight nuclear weapon free zones around the world, including Antarctica, outer space, and Africa, but no WMD free zones. In 2012, a conference was planned to discuss a WMDFZ, but it was canceled by the U.S. due to the states in the region having yet to reach a compromise.