Middle East outreach seminar on HCoC 2014

16 April 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. 

AGENDA

WELCOMING REMARKS

  • Camille GRAND, Director, Foundation for Strategic Research
  • 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

 

I/ ASSESSING THE CURRENT & FUTURE TECHNOLOGICAL TRENDS IN BALLISTIC-MISSILE PROLIFERATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST

  • 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

 

II/ 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

 

KEY ISSUES:

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

 

 

III/ THE HCoC AGAINST THE PROLIFERATION OF BALLISTIC MISSILE: UNIVERSALITY, VISIBILITY & IMPLEMENTATION

  • Hidehiko HAMADA, Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Japan to the International Organisations in Vienna; Representative of the HCoC Chair
  • Jérémie HAMMEDI, Expert, Missile and Space Issues, European External Action Service
  • Dr. Rajeswari RAJAGOPALAN, Senior Fellow, Observer Research Foundation

 

KEY ISSUES:

  • 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

  • Camille GRAND, Director, Foundation for Strategic Research
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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