Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction by P-TaylorFrancis

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There is a widely held belief in the imminent probability of nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons of mass destruction being used by terrorists against civilian targets. This edited volume critically assesses the suggestion that one safeguard against this possibility would be to strengthen existing international prohibitions against state- level acquisition of such weapons. A glimpse of the possible potential of terrorist use of weapons of mass destruction has been seen through the actions of the Tokyo Aum group, and through the use of chlorine by insurgents in Iraq. However, the extent of the real threat posed is as yet unclear, and safeguarding against it in developing countries will not be easy. This book assembles specialists in each category of WMD in order to examine the potential of expanding the three 'classical' arms control treaties in order to combat the threat posed by smaller terrorist groups, and draws conclusions as to the strengths and weaknesses of this suggestion.

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									Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction
Routledge Global Security Studies

Editor: Ian Bellany
Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Introduction General 1. Bellany: Material Dangers 2. Reader: Manufacturing the
means of apocalypse: Aum Shinrikyo and the acquisition of weapons of mass destruction Chemical and
Biological 3. Spiers: Chemical and Biological Terrorism and Multilateral Conventions 4. Feakes: The
Chemical Weapons Convention and the Biological Weapons Convention: Confronting the Threat of
International Terrorism 5. Sims: The Status of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) in relation to
the Prevention of Bioterrorism 6. Manley: Verification under the Chemical Weapons Convention Nuclear 7.
Francis: The Diversion of Nuclear Materials for Terrorist Use 8. Kilgour: Arms Control, Game Theory, and
the Twenty-First Century
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There is a widely held belief in the imminent probability of nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons of
mass destruction being used by terrorists against civilian targets. This edited volume critically assesses
the suggestion that one safeguard against this possibility would be to strengthen existing international
prohibitions against state- level acquisition of such weapons. A glimpse of the possible potential of
terrorist use of weapons of mass destruction has been seen through the actions of the Tokyo Aum group,
and through the use of chlorine by insurgents in Iraq. However, the extent of the real threat posed is as
yet unclear, and safeguarding against it in developing countries will not be easy. This book assembles
specialists in each category of WMD in order to examine the potential of expanding the three 'classical'
arms control treaties in order to combat the threat posed by smaller terrorist groups, and draws
conclusions as to the strengths and weaknesses of this suggestion.

								
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