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Preventing Chemical Weapons

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Professor Malcolm Dando trained originally as a biologist (BSc and PhD at St. Andrews University, Scotland). After post-doctoral studies in the United States (University of Michigan and University of Oregon) he held UK Ministry of Defence funded fellowships in Operational Research at the University of Sussex during the 1970s. Since then he has worked on arms control and disarmament, particularly on chemical and biological issues (DSc. University of Bradford). In recent years this work has been focused on awareness raising and education of life scientists regarding dual use and biosecurity, for example in the Royal Society Brain Waves module on Neuroscience, conflict and security and Neuroscience and the Future of Chemical-Biological Weapons, Palgrave, Macmillan, 2015.

Dr Michael Crowley is an Honorary Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Division of Peace Studies and International Development of Bradford University, and is also Research Associate for the Omega Research Foundation. He has worked for 25 years on arms control, security and human rights issues, including with Amnesty International, the Arias Foundation, BASIC, as Coordinator of the Bradford Non-Lethal Weapons Research Project and as Executive Director of VERTIC. He has also previously acted as Chairperson of the Bio-weapons Prevention Project.

Dr Lijun Shang is an international lecturer in Medical Science at School of Chemistry and Biosciences, University of Bradford. He is also a senior academic visitor to Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford, and a visiting Professor to Northwest University, China. During the past two decades, his researches primarily focus on structural and functional studies on ion channel in health and diseases and their physical and mathematical interfaces. Recently this interest is developed onto evaluating the potential toxic effects of nanoparticles, including chemical agents, on human health and diseases, with particularly interests in understanding the underlying mechanism of these effects.


The life and chemical sciences are in the midst of a period of rapid and revolutionary transformation that will undoubtedly bring societal benefits but also have potentially malign applications, notably in the development of chemical weapons. Such concerns are exacerbated by the unstable international security environment and the changing nature of armed conflict, which could fuel a desire by certain States to retain and use existing chemical weapons, as well as increase State interest in creating new weapons; whilst a broader range of actors may seek to employ diverse toxic chemicals as improvised weapons. Stark indications of the multi-faceted dangers we face can be seen in the chemical weapons attacks against civilians and combatants in Iraq and Syria, and also in more targeted chemical assassination operations in Malaysia and the UK.

Using a multi-disciplinary approach, and drawing upon an international group of experts, this book analyses current and likely near-future advances in relevant science and technology, assessing the risks of their misuse. The book examines the current capabilities, limitations and failures of the existing international arms control and disarmament architecture - notably the Chemical Weapons Convention - in preventing the development and use of chemical weapons. Through the employment of a novel Holistic Arms Control methodology, the authors also look beyond the bounds of such treaties, to explore the full range of international law, international agreements and regulatory mechanisms potentially applicable to weapons employing toxic chemical agents, in order to develop recommendations for more effective routes to combat their proliferation and misuse. A particular emphasis is given to the roles that chemical and life scientists, health professionals and wider informed activist civil society can play in protecting the prohibition against poison and chemical weapons; and in working with States to build effective and responsive measures to ensure that the rapid scientific and technological advances are safeguarded from hostile use and are instead employed for the benefit of us all.

The Chemical Weapons Convention is today the most comprehensive arms control treaty worldwide; striking a balance between prohibited activities, while protecting the economic and industrial interests related to the peaceful uses of chemistry. This book will help to inform the discussions at the Fourth Review Conference, to keep the CWC viable and to sustain the support it needs from governmental as well as private institutions and enterprises. Ambassador Adolf Ritter von Wagner, Former Chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee on Chemical Weapons, Conference on Disarmament

Important chemical, life and social science, and international law explained, with the optimism and peacefulness necessary to achieve a world permanently free of chemical weapons.

Dr Christopher M. Timperley, Chairperson of the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) from 2015-2018

The Holistic Arms Control framework offers an innovative approach at a time when core provisions of the Chemical Weapons Convention are threatened; the Fourth Review Conference is the moment for States Parties to act.

Stefan Mogl, Former SAB Chair and Member of OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism Leadership Panel.

Preventing the re-emergence of chemical weapons requires the active engagement of all stakeholders. As this book demonstrates, science can provide powerful tools to assist in these efforts.

Professor Song Li, Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering

Just as the end of the era of infectious disease was prematurely announced decades ago, events have shown that chemical weapons are not a thing of the past. This book provides the essential background for anyone concerned about this continuing scourge.

Professor Jonathan D. Moreno, Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania

Read this book. As we all try to establish a world free of weapons of mass destruction, these experts analyze the complexities of chemical and biological warfare and the importance of banning such inhumane weapons.

Paul F. Walker, Ph.D., Green Cross International, Coordinator of the CWC Coalition

This multi-disciplinary book analyses predicted developments in chemical and life sciences and the risks of their application in the development of weapons as well as regulatory mechanisms for their control.


Introduction: Preventing the Re-emergence of Chemical Weapons; The Changing Nature of the Chemical and Biological Weapons Threat; The Chemical Weapons Convention - Past Success, Current Challenges; The Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention; United Nations Mechanisms to Combat the Development, Acquisition and Use of Chemical Weapons; International Legal Constraints upon the Weaponization of Toxic Chemicals; Convergence of Chemistry and Biology, and Nanotechnology; Advances in Understanding Targets in the Central Nervous System (CNS); Advances in the Targeted Delivery of Biochemical Agents; The Future of Chemical Weapons: Advances in the Development of Anti-plant Agents; The Future of Chemical Weapons: Advances in Anti-animal Agents; Development and Hostile Use of Toxic Chemical Means of Delivery and Dispersal; Advances in Poisoning Mechanisms, Biomarkers, and Drugs for the Prevention and Treatment of Traditional Chemical Weapons; Current Challenges to Export Controls Related to Chemical Warfare Interdiction; The Future of Chemical Weapons Convention - Out-dated Model of CWC 2.0; Implications for the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention; Role of the Non-governmental Chemical Science Community in Combatting the Development, Proliferation, and Use of Chemical Weapons; Role of the Non-governmental Life Science Community in Combatting the Development, Proliferation and Use of Chemical Weapons; The Role of the Non-governmental Medical Community in Combatting the Development, Proliferation and Use of Chemical Weapons; The Role of Civil Society in Combating the Development, Proliferation and Use of Chemical Weapons; Conclusions and Recommendations


Titel: Preventing Chemical Weapons
Untertitel: Arms Control and Disarmament as the Sciences Converge
EAN: 9781782626497
ISBN: 978-1-78262-649-7
Format: Fester Einband
Herausgeber: Royal Society of Chemistry
Genre: Soziologie
Anzahl Seiten: 652
Gewicht: 1152g
Größe: H162mm x B240mm x T43mm
Jahr: 2018