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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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Evolution of the CW Prohibition Regime

Evolution of the CW Prohibition Regime

Assessing Achievements and Weaknesses

(p.157) 8 Evolution of the CW Prohibition Regime
Preventing a Biochemical Arms Race
Stanford University Press

This chapter reports the chemical weapons (CW) prohibition regime's two core goals of disarmament and nonproliferation. It also describes two cross-cutting issues that are affecting several areas of the evolving regime. These are, on the one hand, universality and national implementation and, on the other, scientific and technological developments of relevance to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). Nonproliferation presented the second core goal of the CW prohibition regime. With respect to the CW prohibition regime, the most pertinent national measures are contained in Article VII of the Convention. The adoption of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Action Plan on National Implementation was a major step to rest on and improve the initial Article VII activities. It is possible that there are to be five hard cases of states that will not ratify or defer to the CWC unless major political changes occur that go well beyond the scope of the regime.

Keywords:   chemical weapons, disarmament, nonproliferation, universality, national implementation, Chemical Weapons Convention, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

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