By Brian Finlay, Johan Bergenas and Esha Mufti – Over the last quarter century, globalization has revolutionized the
international system. Global
trade, Foreign Direct Investment, and the rapid flow of goods, services,
information, and money have increased economic opportunities worldwide and, in
turn, helped better the overall human condition. For example, only in the last
five years, more than half a billion people have escaped the grinding poverty
associated with living on $1.25 a day or less. However, at the same time, the
growth in illicit networks and activities, along with other undercurrents of
globalization, has increased the potential for widespread proliferation of
weapons of mass destruction to nefarious actors. WMD proliferation not only
threatens an increasingly violent future, but a WMD incident anywhere in the
world also promises to reverse entire benefits of globalization itself.
As such, today, December 05, 2011, the Permanent
Missions of Japan and Poland to the United Nations, in cooperation with the
Stimson Center, are hosting a roundtable meeting for an in-depth discussion on
the proliferation dilemma with a regional focus. The event is a follow-up to
the May 31, 2011 day-long conference hosted by the Permanent Missions of Japan,
Poland, and Turkey to the United Nations, in cooperation with the Stimson
Center, on the proliferation challenges facing the international community
today. The purpose of the May meeting,
which featured UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, was to explore the linkages
between security and development – how tactics to overcome security challenges
can also help further development objectives.
Panelists and participants focused specifically on how disarmament and
nonproliferation capacity-building can reinforce global economic development
and sustainable economic growth.
On December 05, regional experts, UN Committee
officials, industry representatives, and others participating in “The Turtle
Bay Security Roundtable” will explore the benefits of applying targeted
innovative regional approaches to nonproliferation and capacity-building. The
idea being that a region-focused strategy is best equipped to tap into real
needs and overlapping security and development interests on the ground.
In addition to enhancing the global nonproliferation regime,
participants will also explore the effective implementation of current
nonproliferation efforts, focusing on Iran and North Korea, while also incorporating
recent relevant developments in Libya. The inclusion of industry
representatives in the meeting will be particularly important in order to
highlight the challenges of implementing effective export and border control
measures as well as the need for international cooperation.
By considering proliferation a threat to security as well as to global
development, participants will be able to look at the adverse effects of
proliferation as a whole. As such, by recognizing the benefit that nonproliferation
efforts can have toward economic growth and stability, participants will be
able to explore innovative opportunities to address the wide range of concerns
facing the international community related to the proliferation of nuclear,
biological, and chemical weapons of mass destruction.
To download the agenda, please click here.
To read a brief summary of the event, please click here.
For additional information, please contact Esha Mufti at