The Hague Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation (HCoC), which came into effect on 25 November 2002, aims to strengthen efforts to curb ballistic missile proliferation worldwide, thereby supplementing the Missile Technology Control Regime, which restricts access to technologies needed to develop such systems. Ballistic missiles are the favoured delivery vehicles for weapons of mass destruction and therefore have a destabilising effect on regional and global security. This brief provides an overview of the HCoC, examines its relevance for African states and outlines the benefits that can be derived by subscribing to its general principles, commitments and confidence-building measures.
This paper was written by Xavier Pasco and Emmanuelle Maître (FRS) and Noel Stott and Nicolas Kasprzyk (ISS Africa). It builds on the expert mission conducted in April 2016 in Cape Town and was presented during a conference at FRS in Paris on 29 September 2016.