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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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Embedding the CBW Prohibition Regimes in the Web of Responses

Embedding the CBW Prohibition Regimes in the Web of Responses

(p.110) 6 Embedding the CBW Prohibition Regimes in the Web of Responses
Preventing a Biochemical Arms Race
Stanford University Press

This chapter discusses the conceptualizations of the web of responses and measures needed both individually and in relation to the chemical and biological weapons (CBW) prohibition regimes. The attacks by anthrax letter in the United States intensified the feeling of insecurity and vulnerability that the terrorist attacks of 9/11 initially induced. Some of the main biosecurity developments that occurred during the years between the Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC) Review Conferences are explained. While many States Parties use some of the elements of a biosecurity system, it is noted that the measures are heterogeneous. Awareness raising and education can play significantly in attaining the effective implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). Furthermore, the Australia Group came about from the introduction of a conflict into the core institutional framework of the regimes from the wider web of responses.

Keywords:   web of responses, chemical and biological weapons, anthrax letter, United States, biosecurity, awareness raising, education, Chemical Weapons Convention

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