Arms Control Association and the Embassy of Argentina Press Briefing
Tuesday, November 23, 2004
9:00 A.M. - 10:30 A.M.
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Root Room
1779 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC
Iran recently announced it has a ballistic missile capable of traveling up to 2,000 kilometers. India and Pakistan regularly carry out tests of nuclear-capable ballistic missiles. North Korea is suspected of covertly advancing its longer-range ballistic missile capabilities and marketing its shorter-range ballistic missiles and know-how around the globe. These developments have spurred growing U.S. and international concern about the threat from ballistic missiles. While U.S. efforts to build missile defense systems have received considerable attention, the United States and the international community are also pursuing other approaches to protecting against ballistic missile dangers. The 34-member Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) and the 117-member Hague Code of Code Against Ballistic Missile Proliferation are two such measures. The distinguished panelists will discuss these and other missile nonproliferation strategies.
- Ambassador Renato Carlos Sersale di Cerisano, Director of International Security, Nuclear, and Space Affairs for the Argentinean Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The ambassador recently completed a one-year presidency of the MTCR.
- Vann H. Van Diepen, Director of the Department of State's Office of Chemical, Biological, and Missile Nonproliferation. He also heads U.S. delegations to MTCR and the Hague Code of Conduct Against Ballistic Missile Proliferation.
- Aaron Karp, Senior Faculty Associate with the Graduate Program in International Studies, Old Dominion University. He is currently a consultant to the UN Secretary-General on missiles and author of "Ballistic Missile Proliferation: The Politics and Technics" (Oxford University Press, 1996).
- Daryl G. Kimball, Executive Director of the Arms Control Association.