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Biological Warfare & Disarmame (War and Peace Library)by Pete Hautman
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Biological Warfare and Disarmament takes an original look at the problem of biological warfare and the challenge of achieving biological disarmament. Approaches to the issue have been overwhelmingly dominated by a Western and particularly U.S. perspective that reduces the question to the spread of these weapons among non-Western countries and non-state actors. Since the September 11 terrorist attacks, this position has hardened, giving rise to a strongly polarized discourse that embraces nuclear weapons as the ultimate key to security. In view of this increasing polarization and the reliance of the United States on military power as the basis for security, it is vital to reassess Western policies on biological warfare and to seek alternatives that support international cooperation in reaffirming the norm of biological disarmament. This volume brings together a group of distinguished authors with a broad diversity of geographical and professional backgrounds to take up this challenge. The book emphasizes placing post-Cold War concerns about biological warfare in context: the legacy of the vast biological weapons program pursued by the Soviet Union; the Middle East as a crucible of conflict over which looms weapons of mass destruction; the dramatic expansion of U.S. biological defense activities; and the new threat of asymmetrical warfare, including bioterrorism. Highlighting the importance of understanding often-marginalized non-Western perspectives, the book proposes fresh approaches and concrete proposals to overcome one of the most intractable security problems of the twenty-first century.
This book proposes fresh approaches and concrete proposals to overcome one of the most intractable security problems of the twenty-first century.
This book proposes fresh approaches and concrete proposals to overcome one of the most intractable security problems of the twenty-first century. Visit our website for sample chapters!
As the threat of terrorism and regional instability looms ever greater, it is imperative to reconsider Western policies for biological warfare and disarmament. This innovative book brings together for the first time a distinguished group of Western and non-Western experts to offer international perspectives on the problem of biological weapons and the challenge of achieving biological disarmament. By examining the diverse contexts in which biological weapons concerns have emerged and responses have been attempted since the end of the Cold War, this book proposes fresh approaches and concrete proposals to overcome one of the most intractable security problems of the 21st century.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments — Part I : Global context — Introduction : in search of a new paradigm of biological disarmament / Susan Wright ; Challenges of biological weaponry : a twenty-first-century assessment / Richard Falk — Part II : Roles of past and present superpowers — Perilous path to security? Weighing U.S. biodefense against qualitative proliferation / Laura Reed and Seth Shulman ; Defense against biological weapons : can immunization and secondary prevention succeed? / Victor W. Sidel ; Soviet Union's offensive program : the implications for contemporary arms control / Anthony Rimmington — Part III : Middle Eastern and Asian perspectives — Middle East : integrated regional approaches to arms control and disarmament / Laura Drake ; Israel : reconstructing a black box / Avner Cohen ; China : balancing disarmament and development / Zou Yunhua ; India : straddling East and West / P.R. Chari and Giri Deshingkar — Part IV : Disarming Iraq — Coercive disarmament of Iraq / Amin Saikal ; UNSCOM and the Iraqi biological weapons program : technical success, political failure / Stephen Black — Part V : Biological weapons convention — Geopolitical origins / Susan Wright ; Compliance protocol and the three depository powers / Oliver Thranert ; Secrecy in the biotechnology industry : implications for the biological weapons convention / Susan Wright and David A. Wallace ; Global patent regime : implementing Article X / Biswajit Dhar — Part VI : Conclusion — Rethinking biological disarmament / Susan Wright and Richard Falk ; Proposals for the future : strengthening global commitments to biological disarmament / Susan Wright.
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