HCoC Middle East outreach seminar 2014

On 16 April 2014, the FRS organised, on behalf of the European Union, a regional outreach seminar to raise awareness of ballistic missile proliferation and encourage discussions on perspectives to better address the ballistic missile proliferation threat at a regional level. This event was held in collaboration with the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) in Abu Dhabi. See all event pictures

Welcoming remarks

Mr Camille Grand, Director, Foundation for Strategic Research
Mr Thomas Peyker, Chargé d’Affaires, Delegation of the E.U. to the U.A.E.
H.E. Dr Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi, Director General, Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research

Session 1: Assessing the current and future technological trends in ballistic-missile proliferation in the Middle East

Mr Camille Grand, Director, Foundation for Strategic Research

  • Developments in ballistic-missile technology
  • The relationship between space-launch and ballistic-missile technologies
  • Missile-defence systems and their impact on the regional strategic environment

Session 2: Regional proliferation issues

Dr Samir Al-Faraj, Director, Kuwait Centre for Strategic Studies
Dr Abdullah Toukan, President and Chief Executive Officer, Strategic and International Risk Assessment Centre

  • The current regional state of play in the ballistic-missile field
  • Issues and challenges arising from this context
  • Proliferation rationales in the Middle East

Session 3: The Hague Code of Conduct against the Proliferation of Ballistic Missiles (HCoC): universality, visibility and implementation

Mr Hidehiko Hamada, Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Japan to the International Organisations in Vienna; Representative of the HCoC Chair
Mr Jérémie Hammedi, Expert, Missile and Space Issues, European External Action Service
Dr Rajeswari Rajagopalan, Senior Fellow, Observer Research Foundation

  • Presentation by current HCoC Chair of progress and challenges relating to HCoC universality and visibility
  • The EU Strategy to combat the proliferation of WMD delivery systems; EU support for HCoC
  • The role of the Code in regional dynamics
  • Possible means of developing the Code

Concluding Remarks

Mr Camille Grand, Director, Foundation for Strategic Research