Fraying at the seams? Chemical and biological weapons on the margins

Revill, James (2016) Fraying at the seams? Chemical and biological weapons on the margins. In: ISA Conference, March 16th-19th, 2016, Atlanta, Georgia.

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The Chemical and biological weapons (CBW) regime, through the 1972 Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention and the and the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention, appears to have established sound definitions for what constitutes a biological and chemical weapon which clearly delineate permitted from prohibited forms of violence. Moreover, for the large part of the history of these Conventions such definitions have served the international community well. However, at the peripheries of these agreements, qualitative and quantitative ambiguities over what constitute chemical and biological weapons remain. This paper looks at how such ambiguities could, over time, unravel shared understandings of what constitutes a chemical or biological weapon and, therefore, potentially begin to fray the CBW regime at the seams

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations > JZ5511.2 Promotion of peace. Peaceful change
Depositing User: James Revill
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2016 13:26
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2016 13:26

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