HCoC Middle East outreach seminar in Amman

On 28 September 2016, the FRS organised, in collaboration with the Arab Institute for Security Studies (ACSIS), a regional outreach seminar in Amman directed towards non-subscribing states in the region. This event was held at the University of Jordan.

The seminar was echoed in the following article published in the Jordanian newspaper Ad-Dustour:news-article

It was also mentioned on Jordanian national television:

Welcoming remarks

Dr Ayman Khalil, Director, ACSIS
Mr Alexandre Houdayer, Secretary General, Foundation for Strategic Research
Mr Egidijus Navikas, Head of Politics, Press and Information Section, Delegation of the European Union to Jordan
H.E. Mr Azamat Berdibay, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Jordan

Session 1: The Hague Code of Conduct against the Proliferation of Ballistic Missiles (HCoC): universality, implementation, and visibility

Mr Bruno Hanses, Senior Expert, European External Action Service
Mr Nurken Urmantayev, Counsellor, Department for Multilateral Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan
Mr Qasim Ali Hussein, Head of the Delivery Means Department at the Iraqi National Monitoring Authority for Non-proliferation, Iraq
Dr Bernd Kubbig, Coordinator, Academic Peace Orchestra Middle East

Topics for discussion:

  • Presentation by current HCoC Chair of progress and challenges relating to universality, implementation, and visibility
  • The role of the Code and other TCBMs in regional dynamics and the regional security environment: the view of a Middle East signatory country
  • The concrete meaning of implementing the HCoC, as perceived by a signatory state
  • Successes and challenges of the HCoC in today’s environment

Session 2: Current trends concerning space launch technologies and capabilities – Dynamics of space launch and future uses of space applications

Mr Alexandre Houdayer, FRS
Ms Karlygash Akhmetova, Senior expert of the International Space Law Directorate of the Aerospace Committee, Kazakhstan

Topics for discussion:

  • The characteristics of the development of space launch technologies
  • The evolution of the satellite industry and its impact upon the space launch sector
  • Interactions between the Code and a civilian space programme

Session 3: Current trends concerning ballistic missile technologies and proliferation – General and regional views

Prof Gawdat Bahgat, National Defense University, United States
Prof Dennis Gormley, University of Pittsburgh, United States
Dr Sitki Egeli, Izmir University of Economics, Turkey

Topics for discussion:

    • The current regional state of play in the ballistic-missile field
    • Issues and challenges arising from this context
    • Proliferation rationales in the Middle East
    • Issues arising from dual-use technologies and related strategies
    • Comparative perspectives between the implementation and challenges of the HCoC and the WMDFZ in the Middle East Initiative

Keynote Speaker: Al Sharif Nasser Bin Nasser, Head of the CBRN CoE in Jordan: Fighting WMD Proliferation in the Middle East

Concluding Remarks

Dr Jean-François Daguzan, Deputy Director, FRS
Dr Ayman Khalil, Director, ACSIS
Mr Bruno Hanses, EEAS