ASEAN regional seminar on HCoC in Singapore

15 May 2018

On 15 May 2018, the FRS organised a regional outreach seminar in Singapore in cooperation with the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies.

AGENDA

WELCOMING REMARKS

  • Alexandre HOUDAYER, Secretary General, FRS
  • H.E. Mrs Barbara PLINKERT, European Union Ambassador to Singapore
  • Dr. Michael RASKA, Associate Professor, RSIS

 

I/ THE HCoC: A KEY INSTRUMENT TO PROMOTE CONFIDENCE IN THE FIELD OF WMD DELIVERY VEHICLES 

MODERATOR: 

  • Alexandre Houdayer, Secretary General, FRS

 

PRESENTERS: 

  • H.E. Karin FICHTINGER-GROHE, Austrian Ambassador to Singapore
  • H.E. Marek SZCZYGIEL, Ambassador at large, Department for UN and Human Rights, MFA of Poland
  • Karla Mae G. PABELIÑA, Foreign Affairs Research Specialist with the Center for International Relations and Strategic Studies, Foreign Service Institute (FSI), The Philippines
  • Benjamin HOUTECOUVERTURE, Senior Research Fellow, FRS

 

KEY ISSUES:

  • Contribution of the Code to international security
  • Being a Subscribing State: commitments and benefits
  • Participating in international security: feedback from a Subscribing State
  • Day-to-day implementation of the Code

 

II/ THE HCoC: SMALL BUT IMPORTANT PART OF THE GLOABL NON-PROLIFERATION REGIME 

MODERATOR: 

  • Dewi Fortuna ANWAR, Distinguished Visiting Professor, RSIS

 

PRESENTERS

  • Benjamin HOUTECOUVERTURE, Senior Research Fellow, FRS
  • Dr. David SANTORO, CSIS
  • Ta Minh TUAN, Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam

 

 

KEY ISSUES:

  • Non-proliferation and disarmament: perspectives and priorities from Southeast Asia
  • Moving forward on non-proliferation and disarmament
  • Missile proliferation and security issues for the region
  • Challenges and relevance of the Code for ASEAN member States

 

III/ INCREASING CONFIDENCE & FAVOURING TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT THROUGH THE HCoC 

MODERATOR: 

  • Benjamin HOUTECOUVERTURE, Senior Research Fellow, FRS

 

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION:

  • Maj. Gal Danilo SERVANDO, Head, Center of Excellence CBRN, Manila, The Philippines
    • Mitigating CBRN risks in the ASEAN by ensuring long-term sustainability: the role of the CoE CBRN of the European Union

 

PRESENTERS:

  • Dr Sunchai NILSUWANKOSIT, Associate Professor, Chulalongkorn University
  • Paul WOHRER, Research Fellow, FRS

 

KEY ISSUES:

  • HCoC and Strategic Trade Controls in the field of missiles: increasing confidence to encourage trade and technological development
  • Convergences and divergences between civilian and military technologies: the case of launchers
  • Promoting transparency in space development: the potential growth of the space sector in Southeast Asia and the impact of the Code

 

CONCLUDING REMARKS

  • Alexandre HOUDAYER, Secretary General, FRS
  • Dr. Michael RASKA, Associate Professor, RSIS
Research Papers

The use of the existing WMD free zones as an exemple and a potential Framework for further initiatives banning ballistic missiles

Taken as a wide-ranging notion, weapons of mass destruction (WMD) have not produced significant instruments in international security over time, UNSCR1540 being an exception. As such, there are no existing WMD free zones (WMDFZ) which can be used as examples and as potential frameworks for further initiatives banning ballistic missiles.

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Issue Briefs

The HCoC and Latin America

Latin America is one of the regions with the highest level of support for the HCoC. This support reflects the historic commitment of the region in favour of disarmament and non-proliferation. The remaining four non-subscribing states – Bolivia, Brazil, Cuba and Mexico – have voiced concerns about the adoption of the Code outside the United Nations framework and its limited scope.

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