Harvard Sussex Program
on chemical and biological warfare armament and arms limitation


Ian Kenyon


 

It is with deep sadness that we announce that Ian Kenyon died on Thursday 7 August 2008. Ian was a long-serving member of the HSP Advisory Board and more recently a Visiting Fellow at SPRU. In recent years, Ian worked closely with Julian Perry Robinson and Daniel Feakes on a project to record the history of the OPCW Preparatory Commission. That project resulted in the publication in 2007 of The Creation of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons: A Case Study in the Birth of an Intergovernmental Organisation, (TMC Asser Press: The Hague, 2007)

Ian was a frequent visitor to HSP Sussex where he frequently participated in meetings and seminars and he was an inspiration to our staff and students. He made a significant contribution to HSP and his advice was always warmly received. He will be sorely missed by all of us at both Sussex and Harvard.

At Ian’s funeral on 18 August in Tunbridge Wells, a Eulogy was given by HSP Research Fellow Daniel Feakes. Messages of condolence have been posted on the OPCW and Foreign and Commonwealth Office websites and on the website of the Mountbatten Centre for International Studies where Ian was a Senior Visiting Fellow. An obituary of Ian was also included in issue (no. 80) of The CBW Conventions Bulletin.

Below is a listing of all of Ian’s articles in the Bulletin.

The USA/USSR Arms Control Relationship and its Impact on the CWC”, The CBW Conventions Bulletin, Issue no 72 & 73 (September 2006)

The Summer of '76”, The CBW Conventions Bulletin, Issue no 71 (May 2006)

Chrysalis - How the CWC Produced the OPCW: The Work of the OPCW Preparatory Commission”, The CBW Conventions Bulletin, Issue no  59 (March 2003)

The Chemical Weapons Convention and the OPCW: The Challenges of the 21st Century”, The CBW Conventions Bulletin, Issue no 56 (June 2002)

"Chemical Weapons in the Twentieth Century: Their Use and Their Control", The CBW Conventions Bulletin, Issue no 48 (June 2000)

Celebration of a Centenary and Some Birthdays”, The CBW Conventions Bulletin, Issue no 43 (March 1999)

Entry into Force: The Test of Our Preparations”, The Chemical Weapons Convention Bulletin, Issue no 35 (March 1997)

Ian Kenyon had been a Visiting Fellow at SPRU since 2003. In addition to his work at SPRU, Ian was a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Mountbatten Centre for International Studies, Southampton University. He was a member of the Advisory Board of HSP and edited the book review section of the Bulletin.

He served in the Diplomatic Service from 1974-95. He held various positions including First Secretary, UK Disarmament Delegation, Geneva (1976-78); Assistant Head (1982-83) and then Head of Nuclear Energy Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (1983-85); Inspector with the Diplomatic Service Overseas Inspectorate (1986-87); Deputy Leader of the UK Disarmament Delegation, Geneva (1988-92); during this period he was leader of UK Delegations in New York for the UNDC (1989-92), UNGA First Committee, UNGA44 and 46, and the Partial Test Ban Treaty Amendment Conference (1991).

In 1989 he represented the UK on the Chemical Weapons ad-hoc committee working group on administrative and legal issues, and in 1993 took leave from the UK Diplomatic Service to serve as Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Organisation of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague (1993-7).

Publications

Books

Editor (with Daniel Feakes), "The Creation of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons: A case study in the birth of an intergovernmental organisation", TMC Asser Press, The Hague 2007

Editor (with John Simpson), "Deterrence and the Changing Security Environment", Routledge, Abingdon, 2006 (This was earlier issued as Contemporary Security Policy Volume 25 No. 2 April 2004 (a Frank Cass journal)).

Articles and Pamphlets

The USA/USSR Arms Control Relationship and its Impact on the CWC (CBW Conventions Bulletin, Issue no 72 & 73 (September 2006)

The Summer of '76 (CBW Conventions Bulletin, Issue no 71 (May 2006)

"Dispute Resolution in Multilateral Arms Control", in Dahlitz (ed.) Peaceful Resolution of Major International Disputes, Geneva: UN, 1999.

Non-Compliance Concern Investigations: Initiation Procedures, Briefing Paper No 15, Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford (Series Editors G S Pearson & M R Dando), October 1998.

(with Nicholas A Sims). Draft resolution Establishing the Preparatory Commission for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Biological Weapons, Bradford Briefing Paper No 30, July 2000.

(with Daniel Feakes). The CWC Paris Resolution: Unresolved issues Bradford Briefing Paper No 31, July 2000

(with Graham S Pearson and Nicholas A Sims). Article IX: The Organisation Evaluation Paper No.,14 Jan 2000.

(with Graham S. Pearson, Nicholas A. Sims, Malcolm R. Dando) The BTWC Protocol: Proposed Complete Text for an Integrated Regime, Evaluation Paper No.17, March 2000.

(with Graham S. Pearson, Nicholas A. Sims, Malcolm R. Dando) The BTWC Protocol: Revised Proposed Complete Text for an Integrated Regime, Evaluation Paper No.18, July 2000.

(with Graham S. Pearson, Nicholas A. Sims, Malcolm R. Dando) The BTWC Protocol: Proposed Complete Text for an Integrated Regime, Evaluation Paper No.19, Sept 2000.

"After the Chemical weapons Convention Is a Strong, Workable Biological Weapons Convention Feasible?", UN Chronicle No 3, 2000, pp18-19.

"The CWC: A seed of world governance?" Paper prepared for Amaldi Conference, May 2002.

"Chemical Weapons in the Twentieth Century: Their Use and Their Control", CBW Conventions Bulletin, June 2000.