HCoC Latin America and Caribbean regional seminar 2017

On 25 April 2017, the FRS organised, on behalf of the European Union, a regional outreach seminar in Santiago (Chile) to raise awareness of ballistic missile proliferation and encourage discussions on perspectives to better address the ballistic missile proliferation threat at a regional level. See all event pictures

Welcoming remarks

Mr Alexandre Houdayer, Secretary General, Foundation for Strategic Research
Dr Xavier Pasco, Director, Foundation for Strategic Research
H.E. Ambassador Stella Zervoudaki, Head of the European Union Delegation in Chile
H.E. Ambassador Alfredo Labbé, Especial Envoy for Nuclear and International Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chile

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 Zhangeldy Syrymbet, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Vienna (Chair of the HCoC)
H.E. Ambassador Joachim Öppinger, Austrian Ambassador to Chile
Mr Michael Penny, Senior Foreign Service Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Saint Kitts and Nevis
Mr Alexandre Houdayer, Secretary General, Foundation for Strategic Research

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

Session 2: Promoting disarmament and non-proliferation in Latin America and the Caribbean: trends, evolutions and the specific issue of ballistic proliferation

Prof Mônica Herz, Associate Professor, Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro Institute of International Relations
Dr Rodrigo Álvarez Valdés, Research Fellow, Universidad de Santiago de Chile
Mr Fernando Garcia Robles, Expert, Mexico (in his own personal capacity)
Prof Raúl Benítez Manaut, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

  • The steps taken in the region to fight the proliferation of WMDs and their means of delivery
  • Confidence-building measures as a way to improve international security, non-proliferation and disarmament
  • Issues arising from dual-use technologies and related strategies: the specific case of ballistic missiles

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

Dr Xavier Pasco, Director, Foundation for Strategic Research
Dr Luis Zea, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala
Major Daniel Moraga, Ministry of Defence of Chile

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

Concluding Remarks

Dr Xavier Pasco, Director, Foundation for Strategic Research
H.E. Ambassador Alfredo Labbé, Especial Envoy for Nuclear and International Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chile