Biological & Chemical Weapons

Chemical and biological weapons share a characteristic distinct from nuclear weapons: fairly easily acquired raw materials (for most pathogens or chemicals) that either have legitimate uses or occur naturally. Stimson's work on this topic focuses on the history of biological and chemical weapons, measures to control their proliferation (including domestic laws and international regimes), and weapons destruction technologies. Technical reports examine the likelihood of terrorism involving chemical and biological weapons, as well as technologies and policies to prevent or counter their use.

 

Latest Research

March 18, 2014
Southern Flows: Weapons of Mass Destruction & the Developing World

How can the international community deny terrorist organizations weapons of mass destruction while furthering pressing development priorities in the Global South?

Over seven years,

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March 18, 2014 / By Brian Finlay
Southern Flows: Weapons of Mass Destruction & the Developing World

How can the international community deny terrorist organizations weapons of mass destruction while furthering pressing development priorities in the Global South?

Over seven years,

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December 27, 2013 / By Johanna Mendelson Forman, Brian Finlay
Is NAFTA Prepared to Manage Cross Border Threats?

By Johanna Mendelson Forman and Brian Finlay -- In the 20 years since the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement, NAFTA, by President George H.W. Bush, Canadian Prime

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November 21, 2013 / By Barry Blechman
Time Ripe to Rid Middle East of Chemical Weapons

By Barry M. Blechman - The world will be a safer place if the surprising agreement that led to the promised destruction of Syria's stockpile of deadly chemical weapons can pave the

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November 04, 2013
Mona Yacoubian on C-SPAN: Syrian Civil War and Chemical Weapons

Mona Yacoubian talked about efforts by international inspectors to locate and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons, as well as the continued violence in Syria on C-SPAN. She also responded

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