Awareness-building session on HCoC in Paris

9 September 2013

On 9 September 2013, the FRS organised, on behalf of the European Union, an awareness-building session in Paris about dual-use technology and knowledge transfer issues in order to prevent them in the field of ballistic missiles. The session allowed considering both trends in the technology transfer for ballistic missiles and what could be promoted to prevent it at an early stage. This workshop gathered experts from scientific, space and industry communities of HCoC subscribing and non-subscribing States.

AGENDA

WELCOMING REMARKS

  • Alexandre HOUDAYER, Secretary General, Foundation for Strategic Research (FRS)
  • Adebayo BABAJIDE, Head of Sector, Global Disarmament, Space, Conventional Arms and Arms Expert Control Policies, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Division, European External Action Service

 

I/ HCoC & TECHNOLOGY ISSUES, AN INTRODUCTION

  • Dr. Xavier PASCO, Senior Research Fellow, Foundation for Strategic Research (FRS)

 

II/ A U.S. PERSPECTIVE ON SPACE-LAUNCH TECHNOLOGIES

  • Michael GOLD, Director of D.C. Operations and Business Growth, Bigelow Aerospace LLC

 

III/ A EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVE ON TECHNOLOGY TRANSFERS

  • Ettore SCARDECCHIA, Head of Product Development, European Launch Vehicle

 

WRAP-UP SESSION: CURRENT & FUTURE CHALLENGES FACING HCoC 

  • Dr. Xavier PASCO, Senior Research Fellow, Foundation for Strategic Research (FRS)
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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Research Papers

Limiting the proliferation of WMD means of delivery: a low-profile approach to bypass diplomatic deadlocks

Since the creation of the HCoC in 2002, the need for more collective commitment and action to fight the proliferation of ballistic missiles has certainly not decreased. The destabilizing nature of these weapons has not changed. Non-proliferation is just less about keeping the world stable and more about not adding a risk factor to an uncertain future. The HCoC was and remains a response to that need, but certainly not the end of the quest for improvement.

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