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New SIPRI paper on the future of the Chemical Weapons Convention


Chemical weapon disarmament remains central to the implementation of the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). But full and effective implementation also entails a wide variety of other activities.

To achieve all these goals, in the coming months and years the states parties to the CWC will determine how the regime will adapt to the changing international security environment and to developments in science and technology. 

In the latest SIPRI Policy Paper, John Hart, head of the SIPRI Chemical and Biological Security Project, and his co-authors Dr Mohamed Daoudi, Dr Ajey Lele and Dr Ralf Trapp present proposals for strategic approaches and directions for the parties to consider in their assessment of the CWC's operation.

By placing the convention in a broader security and technological context, the paper examines operational and policy issues, with a view to informing the future activities of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

The Policy Paper is scheduled to be formally presented by the co-authors at the OPCW headquarters in The Hague on Monday 8 April - the first day of the Third CWC Review Conference.

Read more and download the SIPRI Policy Paper.