Expert Mission on HCoC with Vietnam

10 December 2020

Hybrid

On 10 December 2020, the FRS and representatives from the government of Vietnam discussed over ballistic missile proliferation and the role of the Hague Code of Conduct. This event took the form of a hybrid event with representatives of Vietnam gathering in Hanoi and experts from FRS, the EU, the Swiss Chair and Austria presenting virtually.

This mission was part of a series of targeted national visits.

AGENDA

PRESENTATION & SCOPE OF THE PROJECT

  • Alexandre HOUDAYER, Secretary General, FRS
  • Georgios KRITIKOS, Deputy Head of Division, Disarmament, Non-proliferation and Arms Export Control, European External Action Service, European Union

 

I/ KEYNOTE INTRODUCTION – MISSILE PROLIFERATION: A GLOBAL CHALLENGE

  • Emmanuelle MAITRE, Research Fellow, FRS

 

II/ THE HCoC: A MULTILATERAL INSTRUMENT TO CURB THE PROLIFERATION OF MISSILES

MODERATOR:

  • Emmanuelle MAITRE, Research Fellow, FRS

 

PRESENTERS:

  • Benno LAGGNER, Resident Representative to the IAEA, Permanent Representative to the CTBTO PrepCom, Permanent Mission of Switzerland, Vienna, Austria, Current Chair of the HCoC
  • Tran Chi THANH, Deputy Director General, Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Vietnam
  • Elisabeth VEIT, Desk Officer, Department for Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, Austria, Immediate Central Contact/Executive Secretariat HCoC
  • Alexandre HOUDAYER, Secretary General, FRS
  • Lauriane HEAU, European Projects Manager, FRS

 

 

 

KEY ISSUES:

  • Contribution of the Code to international security
  • Being a Subscribing State: commitments and benefits
  • Day-to-day implementation of the Code
  • What opportunities for Vietnam in joining the Code? What constraints?
  • Q&A and debate

 

Research Papers

Harnessing Transparency Potential for Missile Non-Proliferation

Information is key for non-proliferation efforts. But the times when information was the exclusive purview of governments are over. Affordable, commercial and open-source monitoring capabilities empower states and societies alike, while challenging the ability of governments to preserve secrecy. Technological democratisation means that information is practically becoming a public good. And it allows for unprecedented transparency.

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Research Papers

Ballistic missiles and conventional strike weapons: Adapting the HCoC to address the dissemination of conventional ballistic missiles

The Hague Code of Conduct aims at curbing the proliferation of missiles capable of carrying weapons of mass destruction. Today, with an important increase in ranges, these weapons are more and more used for a conventional mission, by a variety of states. This dissemination illustrates the fact that many stakeholders master the technologies necessary to build and sustain these weapons. But it also raises questions on the possible destabilising effects of these arsenals, even when they are not linked to WMDs.

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