HCoC Asia regional outreach seminar in Almaty

On 2 March 2017, the FRS organised a regional outreach seminar in Almaty (Kazakhstan) directed towards non-subscribing states in the region.

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The seminar was mentioned on Kazakhstani national television:

Welcoming remarks

Mr Alexandre Houdayer, Secretary General, Foundation for Strategic Research
Ambassador Traian Hristea, Head of Delegation, Delegation of the European Union to Kazakhstan

Keynote speech

Ambassador Kairat Sarybay, Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to the United Nations (Vienna)

Session 1: The Hague Code of Conduct against the Proliferation of Ballistic Missiles (HCoC): confidence building measure and part of the non proliferation regime

Mr Bruno Hanses, Senior Expert, European External Action Service
Dr Robert Gerschner, Head of Nuclear Weapons, IAEA, CTBTO Prep Com and NPT, Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Austria
Ms Lyailya Tlepbergenova, Advisor to the National Space Committee Chairman of Kazakhstan
Ms Emmanuelle Maitre, Research Fellow, Foundation for Strategic Research

Topics for discussion:

  • Presentation of the Code: its main provisions
  • The concrete meaning of implementing the HCoC
  • The HCoC in Asia: positions and evolution
  • Relevance of joining the HCoC in relation to Asian non-proliferation policies
  • Successes and challenges of the HCoC in today’s environment

Session 2: Current trends concerning ballistic missile technologies and WMD proliferation – general and regional views

Ass. Prof. Hua Han, Director for Arms Control and Disarmament, Peking University
Dr Petr Topychkanov, Research Fellow, Carnegie Moscow Center
Dr Seung Min Lee, Ballistic Missile Specialist, Defense Ministry, Republic of Korea

Topics for discussion:

  • The current regional state of play in the ballistic-missile field
  • Issues arising from dual-use technologies and related strategies
  • Missile proliferation in the context of WMD non-proliferation efforts in Asia
  • Relevance of confidence building measures to prevent proliferation in Asia especially in the ballistic field

Session 3: Current trends concerning space launch technologies and capabilities – dynamics of space launch and future uses of space applications

Dr Xavier Pasco, Director, FRS
Prof Rajaram Nagappa, Professor and Dean, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru
Ms Karlygash Akhmetova, Senior Expert the National Space Committee of Kazakhstan
Topics for discussion:

  • Space development in Asia
  • The characteristics of the development of space launch technologies
  • The evolution of the satellite industry and its impact on the space launch sector

Concluding Remarks

Dr Xavier Pasco, Director, FRS
Ambassador Traian Hristea, Head of Delegation, Delegation of the EU to Kazakhstan
Mr Nurken Urmantayev, Counsellor of Multilateral Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan