• Disarmament

    At the UN, a New Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons Is Adopted by 122 Nations

    by  • July 7, 2017 • Disarmament, Gender-Based Violence, Geopolitics, Nuclear Disarmament • 

    Nuclear buildup and threat of nuclear war became a front-page item this past week, after Kim Jong Un’s declaration of a successful intercontinental ballistic missile test, confirmed on July 4 by United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Such headlines — proclaimed on America’s Independence Day — remind the public of the ever-present specter...

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    Was America’s Attack on Syria Legal? An Asian Expert’s View

    by  • April 26, 2017 • Disarmament, Middle East, Security Council, Syria, US Foreign Relations, WORLDVIEWS • 

    The images of civilians, particularly children, being asphyxiated by chemical substances and dying in Idlib Province of Syria on April 4 were a game changer. Judging that the chemical attack was carried out by the Syrian government, the United States, two days later, attacked Syria’s Shayrat airbase with 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles. The US...

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    What Is VX, a Banned Toxin, and Who Polices These Killers?

    by  • February 26, 2017 • Asia, Disarmament, Take a Look • 

    The chilling accusation by Malaysia that the assassins who killed Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, used the world’s most powerful chemical toxin has set off a global shockwave well beyond Asia. Malaysian authorities are convinced that a North Korean hit squad — one member an accredited diplomat —...

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    Top Sellers of Weapons to the Developing World in 2015? US and France

    by  • January 18, 2017 • Disarmament, Geopolitics, Middle East • 

    Sanaa Yemen families the day after an airstrike

    A responsibility to promote worldwide cooperation toward peace and security is not the only role that the permanent-five veto-wielding powers in the United Nations Security Council have in common. Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States are also the world’s largest exporters of conventional weapons to developing countries. The export of weapons by...

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    Autonomous Weapons: Urgent Questions Abound

    by  • December 11, 2016 • Disarmament, WORLDVIEWS • 

    Discussions on artificial intelligence too often revolve around concerns about the sensationalist threat of “killer robots,” usually featured in science-fiction films or computer games. Killing is depicted as easy and rapid, done by steel-clad monsters with superhuman abilities. Let me put this fear to rest. We do not yet have killer robots, though we...

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    UN to Investigate at Least Seven Cases of Chlorine and Mustard Gas Use in Syria

    by  • February 22, 2016 • Disarmament, Peace and Security, Syria • 

    Seven possible cases of chemical weapons use in Syria — including chlorine and mustard gas — have been identified in a preliminary report released by a United Nations panel investigating who has deployed toxic weapons in the country’s civil war, now heading into its sixth year. No one has been apportioned blame by the...

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    Angela Kane Is Leaving the UN in a Political Shuffle

    by  • March 2, 2015 • Disarmament, GOINGS-ON • 1 Comment

    Angela Kane, one of the United Nations’ most respected and experienced officials and the lead negotiator in 2014 in persuading Syria to give up its chemical weapons, has announced unexpectedly that she will be leaving the organization. She has been the UN’s High Representative for Disarmament since March 2012. Reports are circulating around the...

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