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

ESRC Research Seminars
New Approaches to WMD Proliferation

The spread of weapons of mass destruction (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons) has been described by the G8 leaders as the 'pre-eminent threat to international peace and security' Just when WMD proliferation has been prioritised by governments, the 'order' established by traditional countermeasures such as multilateral disarmament and arms control treaties, informal arrangements and national legislation appears to be breaking down. These countermeasures now face a number of serious challenges including scientific and technological advances which make it easier to develop some weapons, the weakening of political support for basic elements of the traditional approach in key states and well-known cases of non-compliance and problems of treaty implementation and enforcement.

Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the University of Sussex, the University of Southampton, Lancaster University, University College London and King's College London hosted a series of six seminars between 2005 and 2007 to examine conceptual issues surrounding the shift in the anti-WMD paradigm, particularly with regard to the design of future approaches. These seminars were specifically intended to facilitate the integration of younger members into the UK arms control and disarmament community.

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