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Chemical Weapons are a distinct kind of weapon, in which toxic chemicals are used against others. They are known for their disastrous potential, and henceforth been banned under international law, for humanitarian purposes. They are different from nuclear and conventional weapons systems, by not being a explosive source of warfare. It’s also different than biological warfare, as it is a non-living toxic agent. The Chemical Weapons Convention, became an arms control treaty banning states from the use of chemical weapons and the stockpiling of these weapons. The treaty was signed by a hundred and sixty five states. These weapons are banned due to their destructive potential. The chemicals are separated into schedule 1, 2, and 3 according to their uses and treatment.

Counter Proliferation Efforts



It’s Time to Take a Serious Look at Chemical Weapon Attacks

Kayla Duran -- April 8, 2018 (1 comments)
It’s Time to Take a Serious Look at Chemical Weapon Attacks Summary: This article is a discussion of the ongoing threat of targeted small chemical weapons attacks against individuals for political gain. And how further control over these weapons needs to be asserted and given more thought despite the Chemical Weapons Convention, outlawing Chemical Weapons, Read More

Instructors Acquire New Skills in Protection against Chemical Weapons at Exercise in Switzerland

Kayla Duran -- March 25, 2018
Summary: This article discusses the new skills that instructors from several countries around the world, have now learned in order to better protect themselves and others against issues that may arise from chemical weapons. This a preventative measure taken by these nations, to protect their people if this issue ever arises. As on going efforts Read More

More Than A Nuclear Threat: North Korea’s Chemical, Biological, and Conventional Weapons

April Sunid -- March 25, 2018
More Than A Nuclear Threat: North Korea’s Chemical, Biological, and Conventional Weapons March 22, 2018 Introduction and Main Points North Korean development of biological weapons both poses a serious potential threat to the United States and its strategic partners, and illustrates the broader dangers of proliferation. Biological weapons pose dangers that are growing steadily with Read More

Chemical and Biological Weapons Status at a Glance

April Sunid -- March 25, 2018
Chemical and Biological Weapons Status at a Glance Updated: March 2018 Despite the progress made by international conventions, biological weapons (BW) and chemical weapons (CW) still pose a threat. More progress has been made by Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) states-parties and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in the destruction of declared Read More

Reducing security threats from chemical and biological materials

Kayla Duran -- March 14, 2018
Summary: The article below is a discussion of the ongoing efforts towards disarmament of Chemical, as well as Biological weapons. It discusses both past and present challenges and efforts towards non-proliferation, as well as foreseen issues in the future. Reducing security threats from chemical and biological materials Summary Biological weapon arms control and disarmament The Read More

At least 1.6 Million tons of CW material disposed into the sea

John Wurok -- February 26, 2018
After World War One (WWI) and World War Two (WWII) large amount of CW material were dump into the oceans. Chemical Weapons (CW) materials were loaded onto ships and the ships were “sunk by opening their seacocks, by naval artillery fire, or torpedoes.” Most the ships settled on the seabed largely intact, thus small CW Read More

Turkey is facing accusations of using chemical weapons against Kurdish forces in Afrin

John Wurok -- February 19, 2018
Mentoring groups and Syrian media have accused Turkey of using the forbidden sarin gas against the Kurdish forces in Afrin. The Turkish government have denied these accusations. Yasin Aktay, chief advisor to President Erdogan, said: “ It is out of the question for Turkey to use an internationally prohibited war tool in Afrin.” Mr. proceed Read More

Proliferation Challenges



Novichok attacked in Britain: West accuse Kremlin of attempted assassination of former Russian spy.

John Wurok -- April 2, 2018
Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were attacked with a deadly poisonous gas known as Novichok. The British government has blamed Kremlin for the attack. The reason being is that the nerve agent used was developed by Soviet scientists. In Russia, the term Novichok means “newcomer”. This nerve agent was first developed Read More

Remarks on Russia’s Responsibility for the Ongoing Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

Kayla Duran -- April 1, 2018 (1 comments)
Remarks on Russia’s Responsibility for the Ongoing Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria Summary: Secretary of State at the time, Rex Tillerson, discusses the ongoing use of chemical weapons in Syria as well as Russia’s role to hold Syria to the ban on Chemical Weapons. Despite stating that they would ensure that Syria gave up Read More

Chemical and Biological Weapons Status at a Glance

Kayla Duran -- March 25, 2018
Summary: This article discusses the ongoing issues in terms of Chemical Weapons in countries where chemical weapons continues to be an issue. As well as large countries seen as oversight in ensuring that the CWC treaty is followed. It also discusses recent successes in the realm of Chemical Weapons, such as elimination of stockpiles and Read More

More Than A Nuclear Threat: North Korea’s Chemical, Biological, and Conventional Weapons

April Sunid -- March 25, 2018
More Than A Nuclear Threat: North Korea’s Chemical, Biological, and Conventional Weapons March 22, 2018 Introduction and Main Points North Korean development of biological weapons both poses a serious potential threat to the United States and its strategic partners, and illustrates the broader dangers of proliferation. Biological weapons pose dangers that are growing steadily with Read More

Chemical and Biological Weapons Status at a Glance

April Sunid -- March 25, 2018
Chemical and Biological Weapons Status at a Glance Updated: March 2018 Despite the progress made by international conventions, biological weapons (BW) and chemical weapons (CW) still pose a threat. More progress has been made by Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) states-parties and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in the destruction of declared Read More

Ask an Expert: Mallory Stewart on Syria’s Chemical Weapons

Kayla Duran -- March 14, 2018
Summary: This article is an interview with Mallory Stewart, an arms control expert, on the situation in Syria, involving Chemical Weapons. The interview discusses the current situation, involving the history of Chemical Weapons in Syria and current and past policy measures in the area. Ask an Expert: Mallory Stewart on Syria’s Chemical Weapons May 12, Read More

Escalation of Violence in Eastern Ghouta and Idlib, Syria

Kayla Duran -- February 26, 2018
  U.S. Department of State DIPLOMACY IN ACTION   Escalation of Violence in Eastern Ghouta and Idlib, Syria Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC February 8, 2018 The United States is extremely concerned about escalating violence in Idlib, the Damascus suburbs of Eastern Ghouta, and other areas of Syria threatened by ongoing regime Read More

OPCW Fact-Finding Mission in Syria Continues Investigations into Allegations of Chemical Weapons Use

Kayla Duran -- February 7, 2018 (1 comments)
  OPCW Fact-Finding Mission in Syria Continues Investigations into Allegations of Chemical Weapons Use Wednesday, 07 February 2018 THE HAGUE, Netherlands – 7 February 2018 – Recent allegations about the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian Aran Republic continue to be of grave concern to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Read More


 

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