Dismantlement and Destruction of Chemical, Nuclear and Conventional Weapons

  • Nancy Turtle Schulte

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASDT, volume 10)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Cooperation as a Common Strategic Interest

  3. Dismantlement and Destruction of Chemical, Nuclear and Conventional Weapons

  4. Status of Implementation of Arms Control Treaties and Voluntary Commitments

  5. National Perspectives on Cooperation in Disarmament

  6. Stocktaking of National and Bilateral Disposal/Destruction Programmes: Chemical Weapons

  7. Stocktaking of National and Bilateral Disposal/Destruction Programmes: Nuclear Weapons

  8. Stocktaking of National and Bilateral Disposal/Destruction Programmes: Conventional Weapons

  9. Experience with Currently Employed Chemical Destruction Technologies

  10. Alternative Chemical Destruction Technologies

  11. Deactivation, Dismantlement and Destruction of Delivery Systems and Infrastructure for Nuclear Weapons

  12. Storage, Safeguarding and Disposition of Fissile Materials

  13. Technologies for Conversion and Civil Use of Demilitarized Materials

  14. International Organizations

  15. Environmental Challenges Posed by Chemical and Nuclear Disarmament

About this book


The end ofthe Cold War opened unprecedented opportunities for reductions in weapons of mass destruction. With these opportunities came new challenges, both scientific and political. Traditionally approached by different groups, the scientific, technical and political challenges are inextricably intertwined. Agreements to dismantle and destroy chemical, nuclear and conventional weapons, after having been negotiated via diplomatic channels, require the expertise of scientists associated with their development to determine the safest and most environmentally sound methods of destruction. It is in this context that representatives from sixteen countries and five international organizations were convened jointly by NATO, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany and the State Government of North Rhine Westphalia 19-21 May, 1996 in a meeting near Bonn to take stock of worldwide efforts to destroy and dismantle chemical, nuclear and conventional weapons remaining after the end ofthe Cold War. NATO support was provided under the auspices of the NATO Science Committee's Panel on Disarmament Technologies. The conference brought together the major actors involved in the dismantlement and destruction of chemical, nuclear and conventional weapons, highlighted the substantial accomplishments achieved in this area and pinpointed the remaining technical obstacles still to be overcome. It also underlined the critical importance of transparency, data exchange and verification as indispensable preconditions for disarmament and cooperative security.


Arms control Chemical Weapons Disarmament NATO Nuclear weapons Peace Proliferation Weapons of Mass Destruction non-governmental organizations nuclear disarmament organization

Editors and affiliations

  • Nancy Turtle Schulte
    • 1
  1. 1.North Atlantic Treaty OrganizationBrusselsBelgium

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1997
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-4817-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-1276-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1389-1820
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