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Aaron Karp, senior faculty associate with the Graduate Program in International Studies at Old Dominion University, will be among panelists at a press briefing Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

The briefing, titled "Controlling the Spread of Ballistic Missiles," is being held by the Arms Control Association and the Embassy of Argentina at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Other panelists include Ambassador Renato Carlos Sersale di Cerisano, director of International Security, Nuclear, and Space Affairs for the Argentinean Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Vann H. Van Diepen, director of the Department of State's Office of Chemical, Biological, and Missile Nonproliferation; and Daryl G. Kimball, executive director of the Arms Control Association.

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. Panelists will discuss these and other missile nonproliferation strategies.

The Arms Control Association is an independent, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to promoting public understanding of and support for effective arms control policies.

This article was posted on: November 17, 2004

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