Verification of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention / Edition 1

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The papers in this volume provide an integrated overview and in-depth analysis of the issues involved in the negotiations leading to the Prool to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention, involving consideration of the key scientific and technical issues involved and also of the political context within which these issues have to be considered by the negotiators.

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Editorial Reviews

In light of continuing negotiations toward such a convention, ten papers and a 1999 update from a summer 1997 NATO meeting in Budapest examine some of the issues around verifying compliance once a convention is in place. Combining scientific and technical considerations with political ones, they explore biological weapons proliferation concerns, the relevance of advances in biotechnology to the task of strengthening the Convention, technical aspects of investigating the alleged use of biological weapons, sampling and identification technologies, and a verification protocol. Hopefully the negotiators can obtain copies directly and avoid the outlandish price of the collection. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792365068
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 7/31/2000
  • Series: Nato Science Partnership Subseries: 1 (closed), #32
  • Edition description: 2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; M. Dando, et al. The Prohibition of Chemical and Biological Weapons; G. Pearson. Biological Weapons Proliferation Concerns; J. Tucker. The Biotechnology Revolution: The Science and Applications; K. Nixdorff, et al. The Relevance of Advances in Biotechnology to the Task of Strengthening the BTWC; M. Dando. Technological Aspects of Verification: Declarations, Managed Access and Confidential Proprietary Information; R. Guthrie. Technological Aspects of Verification: Investigation of Alleged Use of Biological Weapons; R. Guthrie. Verification Technologies: Sampling and Identification; C. Eon, H. Garrigue. Biological Agent Detection Technology; J. Valdes. Towards a Verification Prool; M. Chevrier. Prospects for the Ad Hoc Group; T. Toth. New Scientific and Technological Aspects of Verification of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC): An Overview of the ASI and a 1999 Postscript; G. Pearson.

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