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Preventing a Biochemical Arms Race$
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Alexander Kelle, Kathryn Nixdorff, and Malcolm Dando

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804782753

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804782753.001.0001

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Arms Dynamics, the Changing Threat Environment, and the Chemical and Biological Weapons Prohibition Regimes

Arms Dynamics, the Changing Threat Environment, and the Chemical and Biological Weapons Prohibition Regimes

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(p.1) 1 Arms Dynamics, the Changing Threat Environment, and the Chemical and Biological Weapons Prohibition Regimes
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Preventing a Biochemical Arms Race
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804782753.003.0001

This chapter presents a description on the efficiency of an measure of arms control. The threat environment and the chemical and biological weapons prohibition regimes are then explored. The evolution of biological warfare agents are regarded in three phases: traditional biological weapons agents, genetically modified traditional agents, and advanced biological warfare (ABW) agents. It is noted that the nature of the revolution in the life sciences is favoring early adoption of advanced biological warfare agents by states and not by substate actors. The increased biodefense-related activities should also be considered as part of the biological weapons proliferation problem itself. Finally, an overview of the chapters included in this book is given.

Keywords:   arms control, threat, chemical and biological weapons, biological weapons agents, genetically modified traditional agents, advanced biological warfare agents

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