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UNODA Occasional Papers No.2: Missile Development and its Impact on Global Security, September 1999

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The Department for Disarmament Affairs, renamed United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs in 2007 (UNODA) Occasional Papers is a series of ad hoc publications presenting, in edited form, papers or statements made at meetings, symposiums, seminars, workshops or lectures that deal with topical issues in the field of arms limitation, disarmament and international security. They are intended primarily for those concerned with these matters in Government, civil society and in the academic community. This publication presents the panel discussion at the 1999 symposium on Missile Development and its Impact on Global Security. Discussions focused on the future of the missile technology control regime (MTCR); no place for missile programmes in South America; missile proliferation and international security; the MTCR, the post-modern State and deterrence; and the missile threat: perceptions and prescriptions.

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Introduction

The objective of the Symposium on Missile Development and Its Impact on Global Security and this subsequent publication is to provide an overall picture of the rapidly evolving situation with respect to the development and proliferation of missiles—whether armed with conventional warheads or warheads for weapons of mass destruction (WMD)—export controls, civilian space programmes and missile defence issues, and their potential impact on global security. The panellists explored the prospects for a multilateral consensus on negotiating non-discriminatory restraints on missile development, beginning with confidence-building measures like data exchanges and including the possible creation of missile-free zones.

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