Malik Azhar Ellahi is a Senior Academy Associate of the Clingendael Institute. He has been engaged with multilateral arms control and disarmament issues since the end of the Cold War that saw a period of several new initiatives and intensive negotiations related to nuclear, chemical and biological weapons issues. He served as Political Adviser to the Director-General OPCW during the Organisation’s work in Syria assisting in the legal, political, public information aspects of the mission as well as in the planning and oversight of operations. In 2014 he led the OPCW Fact Finding Mission in Syria whose reports became the basis for United Nations Security Council resolutions 2209 (2015) and 2235 (2015).
Prior to that, he served the OPCW as Head of Government Relations and Political Affairs from 2006 to 2013. Before joining the OPCW he was the Deputy Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the OPCW in The Hague. Previous diplomatic assignments involving arms control negotiations include work in the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva (1994-2001) and with the Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the UN in New York (1986-91). He established the Disarmament Directorate in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad in 1993. The Directorate served as the focal point for all matters relating to arms control and security policy. WMD related negotiating and implementation experience includes, the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), the draft compliance mechanism for the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC), the Convention on the Physical Protection of nuclear material (and facilities) (CPPNM).
He has also participated in numerous sessions of the United Nations First Committee and General Assembly and participated in initiatives relating to the strengthening of legal instruments in the area of international humanitarian law and conventional weapons. He was a member of the UN Secretary General’s Group of Governmental Experts on the UN Register of Conventional Arms Transfers (1997).
Expertise: Arms Control, Disarmament, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Diplomacy.