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Biological Weapons Convention - Confidence, the Prohibition and Learning from the Past

Confidence in the Biological Weapons Convention(BWC)needs to be strengthened. This can be done by asking what limits the relevance of Confidence Building Measures, but we also need to identify what else is necessary to establish and maintain confide…

Ship Without Sails: Chemical and Biological Weapons Control in Africa

"The African continent faces a number of security challenges, including the proliferation of small arms and light weapons and illicit trans-border activities such as drug and human trafficking. Given the enormity of these immediate challenges, s…

Enhancing the Role of the OPCW in Building Africa’s Capacity to Prevent the Misuse of Toxic Chemicals

"The need to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) is an accepted norm amongst virtually all African States – albeit without hampering the peaceful use of nuclear, biological and chemical materials. Africa’s position, like …

Non-lethal Weapons: Towards Clean War

Starting in the nineteen sixties, strategic doctrine gradually saw the advent of so-called "non-lethal" weapons, first as a concept, then as a highly promising area for advanced technologies. Authors of this article provide a synthesis of "non-letha…

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