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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