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Three Key Players in Middle East Diplomacy
By Marcelle Geroux
London Correspondent
US President Donald Trump

It has passed already two months when US President Donald Trump made his first foreign visit to Saudi Arabia but the talks and analyses on the fortune Saudis spent on dealing arms are still on the lips.

On May 24, 2017, the Spiegel Online, a German news portal, published a report in which Martin Schulz, the chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Germany, warns of an incoming "Arm Race" in the Middle East.

In the report, by pointing out what have been discussed in the recent NATO summit, Martin Schulz stated that if there is only one phenomenon running in the Middle East, it is the "Race of Arms" which instead, a security architecture is needed to be planned.

Schulz also stated that Europe should interfere more strongly in Russia and Europe’s superpower diplomacy, and it should not allow the arms deals to fall into the cycle of race and competition.

He said that EU should prevent military conflicts in order to save Europe from confronting again with the human disaster of migrant crisis.

Schultz also believed that equipping Saudi Arabia with arms will lead to an arm race in the region.

Washington government justifies the armament of Saudi Arabia by pointing to the Iranian military power,

“Here is our duty as Europeans to frankly tell the US that their policy seems unreasonable,”Schulz said in the report.

In this report Schulz expressed his concern over this issue that the 68-year-old commitment mentioned in the introduction of our constitution has been violated by 2016 worldwide astronomical military costs spent on arm deals, almost in the Middle East, Korean Peninsula and South Asia to increase their attack proficiency.

He went on to say that the world is actually witnessing a new wave of weapon deals. It is evident that with the help of weapons and military forces world cannot withstand the structural reasons of struggles and challenges including poverty, drought, displacement, and hunger.

"This disaster won’t be solved unless there are economic, political, and social developments in the areas affected by the competition over arm deals," Schultz warned.

Schultz added that what world actually needs is not more and more weapons, but the justice and the chance for development and progress, a constitution and a commitment like the one.

According to Schultz the complexity of today’s world is increasingly surging ahead. The two blocks of East and West no longer exist, and even the logic of “Horror Balance” no longer has validity.

In fact, the logic of causing nuclear fear isn’t practical anymore to stop and prevent the killings and brutalities of terrorist groups like ISIS, withstand North Korea’s dictatorship and eradicate the worldwide cyber terrorism.

What is needed for the world is a new peace policy, both for defying the logic of increasing cold weapons, and offering a logical response to world terrorism threats.

Every nation which aims to effectively fight against terrorism must accept the risk of minimizing the terrorist weapons. The justifiable part of this new peace policy should therefore be focused on reducing the use of war weapons not on dealing them.

History has shown that having more weapons won’t bring more security. Instead, it should take more time to invest and research on planning peace projects.

Here, the European Union plays a very critical role. The EU indeed should leave the position of a looker-on and play an active role in the establishment of an international peace policy.

However, this is not an easy task to do and undoubtedly it will provoke intense discussions. But there is no other wise choice unless the EU plays a key role in this matter.

It should be taken into account that the most of international policy players are not much interested in establishment of such a peace policy, due to their own interests.

In this proposed peace policy Europe must turn into a global peace power and this cannot be achieved through producing and dealing more weapons.

For designing a worldwide peace project this is again the EU that must play the big part to prevent ‘The Arm Race’ to be run, otherwise we’ll have US as the large factory of arm production, Saudi Arabia as a tool for playing Trump’s game and the terrorist groups like ISIS and Al-Qaida that their formation is not a hard nut to crack for them.

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Marcelle Geroux, a French journalist and translator, serves as London Correspondent for The Seoul Times. Her stories has been published on various news media including Almasdar News, Daily Sabah, and Scoop News. She is working on PhD degree in international relations in London now. A multi-lingual she speaks several foreign languages including English, Russian, and Arabic.






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