Incapacitating Biochemical Weapons: Promise or Peril?

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Incapacitating Biochemical Weapons examines the promise and peril behind weapons based on natural or synthetic biochemical compounds meant to cause rapid incapacitation but not death. An agent has yet to be found that can effectively incapacitate people without risk of death, but revolutionary advances coupled with the changing nature of conflict and warfare has generated renewed government interest. The authors provide a comprehensive survey of the issues associated with their development and use, and explore a wide range of issues, from science, to history, to current military interest, arms control, and international law. Incapacitating Biochemical Weapons: Promise or Peril? will be of interest to all who are concerned about the proliferation of such weapons.
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Graham S. Pearson
This book, with its essays by leading players in the field, provides an excellent and urgently needed analysis of incapacitating biochemical weapons. Diplomats, scientists and policy-makers in all States Parties to Biological and Chemical Weapons Conventions should read this book so as to ensure the maintenance and strengthening of the conventions in the face of the very real and present danger presented by these weapons.
David A. Koplow
Addressing a topic that is both urgent and complex, this book provides a comprehensive, current, and remarkably readable exposition of the potential benefits and dangers of the ongoing biochemical revolution. Combining the disciplines of medicine, science, history, law, military strategy, and arms control, the diverse authors contribute a broad-gauged guide to intensely controversial issues, rendering them accessible to the non-specialist and informative to the policy-maker.
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Meet the Author

Alan Pearson is director of the Biological and Chemical Weapons Control Program at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. Marie Chevrier is associate professor of Public Policy Political Economy at the University of Texas at Dallas. Mark Wheelis is senior lecturer in Microbiology at the University of California, Davis.

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations     vii
Glossary     xi
Introduction   Alan M. Pearson   Marie Isabelle Chevrier   Mark Wheelis     xv
Nonconsensual Manipulation of Human Physiology Using Biochemicals   Mark Wheelis     1
Drug Development in the Twenty First Century and the Role of New Biotechnologies   Alan Goldhammer     19
Historical Military Interest in Low-lethality Biochemical Agents: Avoiding and Augmenting Lethal Force   Martin Furmanski     35
Late and Post-Cold War Research and Development of Incapacitating Biochemical Weapons   Alan M. Pearson     67
Current and Prospective Military and Law Enforcement Use of Chemical Agents for Incapacitation   George P. Fenton     103
Scientific Outlook for the Development of Incapacitants   Malcolm R. Dando     123
Potential Long-Term Physiological Consequences of Exposure to Incapacitating Biochemicals   Kathryn Nixdorff   Jack Melling     149
Incapacitating Chemical and Biochemical Weapons and Law Enforcement Under the Chemical Weapons Convention   David P. Fidler     171
Toxic Chemicals for Law Enforcement Including Domestic Riot Control Purposes Under the Chemical Weapons Convention   Adolf von Wagner     195
IncapacitatingBiochemicals and the Biological Weapons Convention   Marie Isabelle Chevrier   James F. Leonard     209
Incapacitating Biochemical Weapons: Risks and Uncertainties   Robin M. Coupland     225
International Law and the Regulation of Weapons   Francoise J. Hampson     231
Human Rights Law and the Use of Incapacitating Biochemical Weapons   William J. Aceves     261
Protecting and Reinforcing Humanitarian Norms: The Way Forward   Peter Herby     285
Conclusion and Recommendations   Alan M. Pearson   Marie Isabelle Chevrier   Mark Wheelis     291
Index     297
About the Contributors     303
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