National security and arms control in the age of biotechnology : the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention
- Gerstein, Daniel M., 1958- author.
- Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 
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- xvii, 234 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
KZ5825.3 .G47 2013
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- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Acknowledgments Introduction The Road to the Biological Weapons Convention Biotechnology and Its Implications for the BWC Ten Reasons Why the BWC Matters Into the Abyss: The Articles of the Convention The BWC Review Conferences (RevCon) and Special Reviews To Verify or Not to Verify The Future of the BWC Conclusions and the Way Forward Annex A. The Biological and Toxins Weapons Convention (BWC) Annex B. Ten Reasons Why the BWC Matters Annex C. Confidence Building Measures Annex D. Arms Control Definitions Annex E. Principles of Verification Annex F. U.S. Ambassador Donald Mahley's Statement Annex G. National Implementation Biography Endnotes.
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- Publisher's Summary
- This book accessibly and expertly details the history and implications of the BWC-the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention-a controversial arms control agreement drafted in the 1970's meant to supplement the Geneva protocol for warfare from decades earlier. That treaty banned the use of biological weapons in modern warfare, but failed to ban their development, transport or trafficking, holes the BWC aimed to fill, but are still contested to this day. Daniel M. Gerstein, a Deputy Under Secretary in the Department of Homeland Security and Adjunct Professor at American University, traces the origins of the treaty and its many complications, past and present, while prescribing a way for the world's leaders to move forward with regards to (what Gerstein sees will be and already is) "the most important arms control treaty of the 21st Century." This will only become more pronounced as exponential advances in biotechnology continue to occur. The strength and enforcement of the treaty are at a crossroads, and it is important for both professionals and students of the political-military and international affairs to know exactly what a failure to honor, improve and uphold the BWC would mean for international security.
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- Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on Their Destruction (1972)
- Biotechnology > Law and legislation.
- Biological arms control.
- National security > Law and legislation.
- Biological warfare (International law)
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- Daniel M. Gerstein.