Preventing Biological Warfare

Author: M. Dando
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781403907196
Release Date: 2002-05-10
Genre: Political Science

The Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention entirely prohibits biological warfare, but it has no effective verification mechanism to ensure that the 140-plus States Parties are living up to their obligations. From 1995-2001 the States Parties attempted to negotiate a Protocol to the Convention to remedy this deficiency. On 25 July 2001 the United States entirely rejected the final text which would probably have been acceptable to most other states. The book investigates how this disaster came about, and the potential consequences of the failure of American leadership.

Neuroscience and the Future of Chemical Biological Weapons

Author: Malcolm Dando
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137381828
Release Date: 2015-07-21
Genre: Political Science

During the last century, advances in the life sciences were used in the development of biological and chemical weapons in large-scale state offensive programmes, many of which targeted the nervous system. This study questions whether the development of novel biological and chemical neuroweapons can be prevented as neuroscience progresses.

Pathogens for War

Author: Donald H. Avery
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 9781442665019
Release Date: 2013-04-28
Genre: History

Pathogens for War explores how Canada and its allies have attempted to deal with the threat of germ warfare, one of the most fearful weapons of mass destruction, since the Second World War. In addressing this subject, distinguished historian Donald Avery investigates the relationship between bioweapons, poison gas, and nuclear devices, as well as the connection between bioattacks and natural disease pandemics. Avery emphasizes the crucially important activities of Canadian biodefence scientists – beginning with Nobel Laureate Frederick Banting – at both the national level and through cooperative projects within the framework of an elaborate alliance system. Delving into history through a rich collection of declassified documents, Pathogens for War also devotes several chapters to the contemporary challenges of bioterrorism and disease pandemics from both national and international perspectives. As such, readers will not only learn about Canada’s secret involvement with biological warfare, but will also gain new insights into current debates about the peril of bioweapons – one of today’s greatest threats to world peace.

New Global Dangers

Author: Michael Edward Brown
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 0262524309
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Political Science

An analysis of new global security concerns in the post-September 11 world, including weapons of mass destruction, nonmilitary dangers, and transnational actors.

The Biological Weapons Convention

Author: Jez Littlewood
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Company
ISBN: 0754638545
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Political Science

Littlewood (U. of Southampton) follows the negotiations on the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) Protocol from their origins in 1975 to the completion of the Fifth Review Conference in 2002. He analyzes all the major issues and outlines the positions of the key states. Littlewood contends that the BWC has two types of states parties: minimalists,

PRIF reports

Author: Pamela Jawad
Publisher:
ISBN: 3937829377
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Peace


Bioterror and biowarfare

Author: Malcolm Dando
Publisher: Oneworld Pubns Ltd
ISBN: 1851684476
Release Date: 2006-06-30
Genre: History

An introduction to the past, present, and future of bio-warfare by an international security expert draws on a wealth of research to offer insight into such topics as Saddam Hussein's biological weapons program, the potential consequences of large-scale chemical and biological warfare, and the risks posed by terrorists. Original.

Weapons of Mass Destruction

Author: William Dudley
Publisher: Greenhaven Press, Incorporated
ISBN: 0737719230
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Presents a collection of cartoons and caricatures, accompanied by background and analysis, about the subject of weapons of mass destruction.

Hidden Atrocities

Author: Jeanne Guillemin
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231544986
Release Date: 2017-09-26
Genre: History

In the aftermath of World War II, the Allied intent to bring Axis crimes to light led to both the Nuremberg trial and its counterpart in Tokyo, the International Military Tribunal of the Far East. Yet the Tokyo trial failed to prosecute Imperial Japanese leaders for the very worst of war crimes: inhumane medical experimentation, including vivisection and open-air pathogen and chemical tests, which rivaled Nazi atrocities, as well as mass attacks using plague, anthrax, and cholera that killed thousands of Chinese civilians. In Hidden Atrocities, Jeanne Guillemin goes behind the scenes at the trial to reveal the American obstruction that denied Japan's victims justice. Responsibility for Japan's secret germ warfare program, organized as Unit 731 in Harbin, China, extended to top government leaders and many respected scientists, all of whom escaped indictment. Instead, motivated by early Cold War tensions, U.S. military intelligence in Tokyo insinuated itself into the Tokyo trial by blocking prosecution access to key witnesses and then classifying incriminating documents. Washington decision makers, supported by the American occupation leader General Douglas MacArthur, sought to acquire Japan's biological warfare expertise to gain an advantage over the Soviet Union, suspected of developing both biological and nuclear weapons. Ultimately, U.S. national security goals left the victims of Unit 731 without vindication. Decades later, evidence of the Unit 731 atrocities still troubles relations between China and Japan. Guillemin's vivid account of the cover-up at the Tokyo trial shows how without guarantees of transparency, power politics can jeopardize international justice, with persistent consequences.

Choice

Author:
Publisher:
ISBN: UOM:39015079402619
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Best books


Biological Weapons

Author: Jeanne Guillemin
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231509176
Release Date: 2005-02-05
Genre: Political Science

Until the events of September 11 and the anthrax attacks of 2001, biological weapons had never been a major public concern in the United States. Today, the possibility of their use by terrorists against Western states looms large as an international security concern. In Biological Weapons, Jeanne Guillemin provides a highly accessible and compelling account of the circumstances under which scientists, soldiers, and statesmen were able to mobilize resources for extensive biological weapons programs and also analyzes why such weapons, targeted against civilians, were never used in a major conflict. This book is essential for understanding the relevance of the historical restraints placed on the use of biological weapons for today's world. It serves as an excellent introduction to the problems biological weapons pose for contemporary policymakers and public officials, particularly in the United States. How can we best deter the use of such weapons? What are the resulting policies of the Department of Homeland Security? How can we constrain proliferation? Jeanne Guillemin wisely points out that these are vitally important questions for all Americans to consider and investigate -- all the more so because the development of these weapons has been carried out under a veil of secrecy, with their frightening potential open to exploitation by the media and government. Public awareness through education can help calm fears in today's tension-filled climate and promote constructive political action to reduce the risks of a biological weapons catastrophe. Biological Weapons is required reading for every concerned citizen, government policymaker, public health official, and national security analyst who wants to understand this complex and timely issue.

Clouds of Secrecy

Author: Leonard A. Cole
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 082263001X
Release Date: 1990
Genre: History

Assesses the risks of the Army's biological warfare program, discusses uses of germ warfare in Afghanistan by the Soviet Union, and examines the ethics of such weapons.

Factories of Death

Author: Sheldon H. Harris
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781134827510
Release Date: 2002-05-03
Genre: History

First published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Indefensible weapons

Author: Robert Jay Lifton
Publisher:
ISBN: UCSC:32106012649965
Release Date: 1991-11
Genre: History

Examining the premises of the arguments in favor of maintaining nuclear weapons capability, the authors argue that recovery after nuclear warfare is unlikely