The state of ballistic missile proliferation today

Web conference

Date: October 29, 2020 from 09:00 to 17:00

The Foundation for Strategic Research, on behalf of the European Union, is pleased to invite you to the annual side event organised on the margins of the UNGA First Committee. The side event will take place on Webex on 29 October 2020, in two sessions in order to accommodate different time zones.
  • Session 1 will be held from 08:00 to 09:30 GMT / 09:00 to 10:30 CET.
  • Session 2 will be held from 14:30 to 16:00 GMT / 15:30 to 17:00 CET. 

The event will focus this year on the current state of ballistic missile proliferation:

What are the key trends and dynamics in ballistic proliferation today? What are the main state and non-state actors involved? How do they weaken export controls in place? And which roles can CBMs such as the HCoC have in addressing these challenges? These are some of the questions our panelists will address in our webinar, with a focus on the Middle East and the Yemen conflict.

To attend the event, please register for one of two the sessions using the links below:

  • Session 1 for participants based in Asia, Oceania, Europe and Africa (08:00-09:30 GMT): click here
  • Session 2 for participants based in America, Europe and Africa (14:30-16:00 GMT): click here

Please ensure to log in on the day of the event with the name and email entered when you registered. For any questions, please feel free to contact or

Welcoming remarks (15 min)

  • Mr Alexandre HOUDAYER, Secretary General, Foundation for Strategic Research (FRS)
  • Amb. Marjolijn VAN DEELEN, Special Envoy for Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, European External Action Service (EEAS), European Union
  • Amb. Benno LAGGNER, Resident Representative to the IAEA, Permanent Representative to the CTBTO PrepCom, Permanent Mission of Switzerland, Vienna, Austria, Current Chair of the HCoC

The State of Ballistic Missile Proliferation Today (1h15min)

MODERATOR: Ms Melissa HANHAM, Deputy Director, Open Nuclear Network; Director, Datayo Project


  • Mr Shaan SHAIKH, Program Manager and Research Associate, Missile Defense Project and Mr Ian WILLIAMS, Fellow, International Security Program and Deputy Director, Missile Defense Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
    • Missile proliferation and non-state actors: the case of Yemen (pre-recorded presentation during the morning session)


  • Dr Sitki EGELI, Assistant Professor, Political Science and International Relations, Izmir University of Economics
    • Who has missiles today? Proliferation networks, dynamics and perspectives
  • Dr Tytti ERÄSTÖ, Senior Researcher, Nuclear Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-proliferation Programme, SIPRI
    • Managing missile threats in the Middle East