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Missile Defense in Asia and Europe: Issues and Answers

Recorded on May 9, 2007

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

In January, China demonstrated an ability to destroy satellites in low earth orbit with a direct-ascent kinetic interceptor. North Korea has committed to taking initial steps in shutting down its nuclear weapons program, but is delaying the execution of the required steps. Both Iran and North Korea have conducted salvo tests of ballistic missiles. These events and others raise the question of how missile defense deployments by the United States and its friends and allies in Asia and the Pacific and Europe could help to maintain stability. Moving forward with such cooperative missile defense efforts has been supported by the Bush Administration for precisely this reason. In this context, it is important to engage in an active exchange between the U.S. and its allies to establish a clear path forward that will improve regional security. Join us as Heritage Foundation analysts present their assessments on missile defense and regional stability and representatives of several key allied governments present their views on how to move forward cooperatively in the field of missile defense.