18th Meeting of the CSCAP Study Group on Countering the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction in the Asia Pacific

July 7, 2014 - Tokyo, Japan

Click here for link to the 18th CSCAP Report and Key Findings Report

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Agenda and Participant List
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Ralph Cossa, WSD-Handa Fellow John Warden, and Kelly Fellow Julia Cunico attend the welcome reception.


Monday, July 7

Session 1: Recent Developments in Nonproliferation and Disarmament
This session will focus on recent developments in promoting nonproliferation and disarmament. What are the outcomes of the April-May 2014 NPT Preparatory Committee meeting? What are the prospects for the 2015 NPT Review Conference? What would constitute success at the Review Conference? What would constitute failure? What is the impact of the Humanitarian Initiative on the NPT review process? What are the prospects for this initiative? What are recent developments on the Korean Peninsula?

Presenters: Natasha Barnes and Victor Mizin

Session 2: The Nuclear Security Summit Process
This session will look at the Nuclear Security Summit process. What are the outcomes of the Nuclear Security Summit that took place in the Netherlands in March 2014? Was it successful? What needs to be done between now and the 2016 Summit? What should Asia-Pacific countries prioritize during that time? Why? How can Asia-Pacific countries best implement the goals and objectives of the Summit process? How can the CSCAP Nuclear Energy Experts Group (NEEG) help facilitate this?

Presenters: Jor-Shan Choi and Shin Chang-Hoon

Dr. David Santoro speaks with participants at the CSCAP Tokyo Meeting

Session 3: UN Security Council Resolution 1540
This session will focus on UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1540. Since it was adopted ten years ago (April 2014), what has the Resolution achieved in the region? Has it been successful? What are the remaining gaps? How can they be resolved? What can Asia-Pacific countries do to speed up UNSCR 1540 implementation? [This session will include a review of the draft CSCAP memorandum on UNSCR 1540 implementation.]

Presenter: Charles Mahaffey

Session 4: Strategic Trade Controls & the Proliferation Security Initiative
This session will examine review the work done by the CSCAP Export Controls Experts Group (XCXG) and associated meetings, and discuss the role of the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI). What are the XCXG meetings' recent key findings? Specifically, how can strategic trade controls be improved in the region? What commitments do states make by endorsing PSI? What is PSI's Critical Capabilities and Practices (CCP) framework? What activities have taken place in the Asia Pacific as part of PSI? What is the focus and what can be expected of the next major PSI exercise scheduled to take place in Hawaii in August?

Presenters: Sato Heigo and Karla Mae Pabelina

Session 5: Wrap up and Future Plans
This session will summarize the meeting's key takeaways and discuss the Study Group's future, including those of its XCXG and NEEG. What can these and other initiatives do to help develop the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Working Plan on Nonproliferation and Disarmament? How can they best complement the work of the ARF Inter-sessional Meeting on Nonproliferation and Disarmament (ISM/NPD)?

The Young Leaders delegation meets w/ Amb. Nogami at The Japan Institute of International Affairs following the CSCAP Meeting on July 8, 2014.