The Future of Biological Disarmament
Strengthening the Treaty Ban on Weapons
By (author) Nicholas A. Sims
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Future of Biological Disarmament by Nicholas A. Sims
Book DescriptionThis book examines the politics of biological disarmament, focusing on the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) as a treaty regime and the cornerstone of biological disarmament efforts. Biological weapons have long been banned, but the ban needs strengthening. The 1972 Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) is the cornerstone of this disarmament regime. After years of deadlock and disappointment its Sixth Review Conference in 2006 generated new hope that biological disarmament could be reinforced from within. This book studies the intricate diplomacy of the Sixth Review Conference as a key moment in the recovery of self-confidence by the treaty parties. It makes detailed proposals for developing an accountability framework and stronger institutions so that the treaty regime can work better. It examines alternative futures for the BWC and the trajectories to be avoided or encouraged in the short, medium and longer terms as its regime evolves. Controversially, by comparing treaty constraints on biological, chemical and nuclear weapons it restores the BWC firmly to the realm of disarmament rather than arms control and rescues it from misleading identifications with counterproliferation and counterterrorism models. This book will appeal to policy-makers, diplomats and students of biological weapons, weapons of mass destruction, international security and IR in general. Nicholas A. Sims is Reader in International Relations at the London School of Economics. He is author of four books on aspects of disarmament.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415475808
(234mm x 156mm x 18mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 18-Feb-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Nicholas A. Sims
Evolution of Biological Disarmament, Paperback (September 2001)
The evolution of the disarmament regime of the 1972 Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) is described from 1980, when the first BTWC Review Conference was held, until 1998. The author analyses the results of SIPRI's first four review Conferences.
International Organization for Chemical Disarmament, Paperback (September 1987)» View all books by Nicholas A. Sims
This book examines the nature and significance of international organization for a proposed Chemical Weapons Convention, the proposals for institutions with which the CWC might be endowed, and prospects for resolution of the remaining uncertainties.
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Author Biography - Nicholas A. Sims
Nicholas A. Sims is Reader in International Relations at the London School of Economics. He is author of four books on aspects of disarmament.
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