Former Facilitator Amb. Jaakko Laajava, PRIF’s First Honorary Diplomat Research Fellow, Spent His Second Stay in Frankfurt!

From 22 until 26 February former Facilitator and PRIF’s First Honorary Diplomat Research Fellow, Ambassador Jaakko Laajava, spent his second stay at the institute in Frankfurt to deepen the cooperation especially with the Academic Peace Orchestra Middle East.

On the common agenda of both – the fmr. Facilitator and the APOME project group – were preparations for the forthcoming Berlin Conference on “Creating New Momentum for Nonproliferation and Disarmament in the Middle East/Gulf after the Failed 2015 NPT Review Conference (II)”. This will be the follow-up Workshop of the Kick-off-Conference in Frankfurt in honor of Amb. Laajava sponsored by the Deutsche Stiftung Friedensforschung/German Foundation of Peace Research (DSF) and the Zentrum Oekumene of the Evangelische Kirche in Hessen und Nassau/Protestant Church in Hesse and Nassau (EKHN).

During this second stay the Honorary Diplomat Research Fellow together with the APOME Coordinator visited important representatives and experts of the Arab world, especially with discussing Track II-contributions to reducing the defining Saudi-Iranian rivalry in the region. Such an effort is regarded as a necessary condition of success for any zonal disarmament. Furthermore, they concretely explored opportunities to include Elder Statesmen and Businessmen as potential actors of change when it comes to achieving the common goal of initiating a new and enlarged conference process on a WMD/DVs Free Zone in the Middle East.

This time too, PRIF provided the social climate for Amb. Jaakko Laajava’s productive stay. He exchanged views with colleagues of the institute, especially the younger members, and, of course, with PRIF’s Director Prof. Dr. Klaus Dieter Wolf.