The Banning of Chemical Weapons: Tantalus Revisited.
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Since the mid-nineteenth century, nations have sought to limit the use of chemical weapons with varying degrees of success. On-going negotiations in Geneva by the 40-member Committee on Disarmament seek the elaboration of an international convention banning the development, production, stockpiling and retention of chemical weapons. This essay traces some of the historical efforts made by various international fora to ban the use of chemical weapons and identifies the key issues that have precluded the realization of a satisfactory international convention. The current proposals by the United States and the USSR are analyzed, with particular attention given to the troubling issues of verification and compliance. Conclusions as the practicality and attainability of a chemical weapons ban are drawn. Author
- Humanities and History
- Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare