‘And the Living Nations Wait’

  • Valerie Adams


Past efforts to prohibit the use of CB weapons have been notable chiefly on account of their failure. The reasons for that failure are complex, relating to the perceived utility of the weapons, to the problems of negotiating and implementing internationally agreed rules, and to the suspicion that ultimately prohibitions on the use and possession of CB weapons will prove unenforceable. Although the negotiations in the 40 nation Conference on Disarmament (CD) in Geneva2 have made considerable progress, it remains to be seen whether the fundamental problem of ‘eternal distrust’ can be resolved.


State Party Chemical Weapon Chemical Warfare Agent Biological Weapon Consultative Committee 
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    Charles C. Floweree, ‘Chemical Weapons: A Case Study in Verification’, Arms Control Today, Vol. 13, April 1983, No. 3.Google Scholar
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    P. Creasey and B. Jasani, ‘Outer Space and International Security’, RUSI Journal, December 1987, p. 13.Google Scholar

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