• Chemical Weapons Convention

    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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    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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    Will All of Syria’s Arsenal of Chemical Weapons Be Destroyed?

    by  • October 24, 2014 • Disarmament, Libya, Middle East, Security Council • 

    After an extraordinary effort from the United Nations, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and about a half dozen countries, including the United States and Russia, 96 percent of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal has been destroyed, acting on a UN Security Council mandate. The remaining 4 percent of the arsenal consists of...

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    How the Chemical Weapons Removed From Syria Will Be Destroyed

    by  • July 1, 2014 • Disarmament, Middle East • 1 Comment

    Although Syria has turned over all of its declared chemical weapons stockpile to international authorities, defying expectations that it would not meet a June 30 deadline, the next hurdle is securely destroying the material outside the country. Danish and Norwegian vessels have been tasked with removing the majority of the chemicals from the Syrian...

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    The OPCW Should Recommend Sanctions Against Syria for Missing Deadline

    by  • June 13, 2014 • WORLDVIEWS • 

    The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has removed more than 80 percent of the world’s declared stockpile of chemical weapons through its oversight of the Chemical Weapons Convention, but the Syrian case has posed a serious challenge to the organization’s effectiveness on compliance and enforcement. Since Syria will most likely not complete...

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    At Long Last, the UN Security Council Unites on a Syrian Resolution

    by  • September 26, 2013 • Disarmament, Peace and Security, Security Council • 

    Samantha Power

    In rare action-packed diplomacy at the United Nations, a draft resolution was agreed on Sept. 26 by the five permanent members of the Security Council, reinforcing the plan made earlier in the month between Russia and the United States to dismantle Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal, after Syria agreed to join the Chemical Weapons Convention....

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    Ban Confirms Chemical Weapons Were Leashed on Syrians, Based on UN Report

    by  • September 16, 2013 • Disarmament, Middle East, Secretary-General, Security Council • 

    Secretary General receives report on chemical weapons use in Syria

    The much-awaited report by the United Nations investigative mission on the use of chemical weapons in Syria on Aug. 21 in Ghouta has been handed over to the secretary-general by Ake Sellstrom, the head of the mission; it has not been released to the public yet by the UN but France put it online....

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    The UN Awaits Results of Chemical Weapons Analysis From Syria

    by  • September 3, 2013 • Disarmament, Middle East, Secretary-General, Security Council • 

    Ban Ki-moon

      In the daily unfolding drama behind the recent investigation by a United Nations team on the use of chemical weapons in Syria, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today that all biomedical and environmental samples gathered by the inspectors “at sites of possible chemical weapons use in Syria” will arrive at designated laboratories in...

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