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.



The missile threat: perceptions and prescriptions

Different perceptions of the problem of missile proliferation make it difficult to focus on precise remedies. The author identifies the root causes of missile proliferation: missile diplomacy is a sign of strength enabling countries to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries; the development, deployment and proliferation of the ballistic missile defence systems (TMD, NMD), there is no international legal agreement prohibiting the proliferation of missiles and there are no agreed criteria in the MTCR controlling the transfer of delivery vehicles capable of carrying WMD The author prescribes several steps that could be taken to tackle the challenge of missile proliferation: fostering an enabling environment conducive to global and regional security; adjusting to another country's legitimate security concerns; abandoning BMD progrmmnes, and making the MTCR more equitable, authoritative, effective and universal.


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