Countering the Proliferation of Chemical Weapons
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This report discusses the prospect for successfully inhibiting the proliferation of chemical weapons (CW). The author argues that adequate verification and strict adherence to the recently completed Chemical Weapons Convention, banning the possession and use of such weapons, will be difficult and expensive. In addition to the possibility of countries covertly proceeding to produce CW, vast quantities of CW have been buried over the past decades in many locations around the world. With ambiguity and suspicion about neighbors, CW stock piles could continue to grow covertly. The author explores other measures for inhibiting CW use, including inter alia, active defenses, and the possibility of economic and political sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council against nations charged with CW use in warfare, particularly against civilian populations.
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