HCoC South Asia Regional Seminar in Sri Lanka

On 15 January 2019, the FRS organised a regional outreach seminar in Colombo entitled « Dealing with the Missile Threat in South Asia ».

Pictures of this event are available here.

Welcoming remarks

  • Dr Xavier Pasco, Director, FRS
  • Amb. Jacek Bylica, Special Envoy for Disarmament and Non-proliferation, European External Action Service, Brussels
  • Maj. General D.A.R. RANAWAKA, Military liaison Officer, Ministry of Defence Sri Lanka

The Hague Code of Conduct: a key instrument to promote confidence in the field of WMD delivery vehicles

MODERATOR: Prof. Asanga Abeygoonesekara, Director, INSSSL

PRESENTERS

Amb. Ann-Sofie Nilsson, Ambassador for Disarmament and Non-proliferation, MFA, Sweden, HCoC Chair

Amb. Thomas Hajnoczi, Director for Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, MFA, Austria

Ms Emmanuelle Maitre, Research Fellow, FRS

KEY ISSUES:

  • Contribution of the Code to international security
  • Being a Subscribing State: commitments and benefits
  • Participating in international security: feedback from a Subscribing State
  • Day-to-day implementation of the Code

Drivers and impact of missile development in South Asia

MODERATOR: Dr Xavier Pasco, Director, FRS

PRESENTERS:

  • Amb. Zamir Akram, Former Permanent Representative in Geneva, MFA, Pakistan
  • Mr Ajey Lele, Senior Fellow, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses
  • Ms Sitara Noor, Director, STRATPOL Consultancy

KEY ISSUES:

  • Drivers of the development of missile arsenals in South Asia
  • Missile proliferation and security issues for the region
  • Challenges and relevance of the Code for South Asian States

CBMs and non-proliferation: what relevance in the South Asian context?

MODERATOR: Ms Emmanuelle Maitre, Research Fellow, FRS

PRESENTERS:

  • Mr Malinda Meegoda, Research Associate, Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute
  • Mr Aleksander Micic, Deputy to the Director, UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific (UNRCPD)
  • Mr Sam Rajiv, Research Associate, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses

KEY ISSUES:

  • Non-proliferation and disarmament: perspectives and priorities from South Asia
  • Missile proliferation dynamics and role of CBMs
  • Relevance of CBMs in the South Asian context

CBMs as a tool to promote space development in South Asia

MODERATOR: Ms Asra Hassan, Advisor, Muslim Youth University

PRESENTERS:

  • Dr Xavier Pasco, Director, FRS
  • Dr Bharath Gopalaswamy, Director, South Asia Center, Atlantic Council
  • Dr Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, Distinguished Fellow & Head, Nuclear & Space Policy Initiative, Observer Research Foundation

KEY ISSUES:

  • Convergences and divergences between civilian and military technologies: the case of launchers
  • Promoting transparency in space development: the potential growth of the space sector in South Asia and the impact of the Code

Concluding remarks

  • Dr Xavier Pasco, Director, FRS
  • Mr Jacek Bylica, Special Envoy for Disarmament and Non-proliferation, European External Action Service, Brussels
  • Prof. Asanga Abeygoonesekara, Director, INSSSL