Annual Arms Control Symposium draws to a close in RACVIAC

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The Arms Control Symposium, which was organized by RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation with the sponsorship of the Federal Republic of Germany and Republic of Croatia, as well as the support of OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina, ended on 15  November on RACVIAC premises.

It was held as a 2-day event with the purpose to present the latest developments in Arms Control with the aim of revealing new perspectives on confidence-building measures in Europe and beyond.

The idea was to bring together all relevant players dealing with the Arms Control domain as well as experts dealing with related non-proliferation issues and provide them with the opportunity to discuss and share ideas about Arms Control, taking into consideration the recent developments in this field in the region and in Europe as well as worldwide.

The Workshop ended with the Closing remarks delivered by RACVIAC Director and certificates handed out to participants and distinguished lecturers.

H.E. Ambassador Constantin-Mihail Grigorie, Director of RACVIAC, expressed his gratitude to the speakers and participants: “I offer my heartfelt thanks for their invaluable contribution because of the added value they’ve brought to this symposium. The success of this symposium lied mainly in your hands. You seized the opportunity wholeheartedly. Your proactive contribution enabled us to achieve the goal of having interesting conversations on the various aspects of Arms Control”.

Ambassador Grigorie also emphasized that in these difficult times this type of discussions could be significant and beneficial steps towards a common understanding of the current challenges and towards the common solution, the recognition of the indispensability of the confidence- and security-building measures.

The Symposium consisted of four panels, titled “The main challenges in the implementation of Arms Control treaties”, “Arms Control Perspectives: Obstacles and Opportunities, Regional Issues”, “The Impact of the War in Ukraine on the Arms Control Regimes” and “Emerging Military Technologies and Nuclear (In)stability”, which were moderated by Mr Sandro Knezović, a research adviser from the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO).

This year’s symposium observed a significant level of engagement in the activity, with notable contributions on the part of both speakers and attendees (43 individuals representing 18 countries).