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Biological Warfare and Disarmament: New Problems/New Perspectives
     

Biological Warfare and Disarmament: New Problems/New Perspectives

by Susan Wright (Editor), Stephen Black (Contribution by), P R. Chari (Contribution by), Avner Cohen (Contribution by), Giri Deshingka (Contribution by)
 
Biological Warfare and Disarmament takes an original look at the problem of biological warfare and the challenge of achieving biological disarmament. Approaches to the issue have been overwhelmingly dominated by a Western—and particularly U.S.—perspective that reduces the question to the spread of these weapons among non-Western countries and non-state

Overview

Biological Warfare and Disarmament takes an original look at the problem of biological warfare and the challenge of achieving biological disarmament. Approaches to the issue have been overwhelmingly dominated by a Western—and particularly U.S.—perspective that reduces the question to the spread of these weapons among non-Western countries and non-state actors. Since the September 11 terrorist attacks, this position has hardened, giving rise to a strongly polarized discourse that embraces nuclear weapons as the ultimate key to security.

In view of this increasing polarization and the reliance of the United States on military power as the basis for security, it is vital to reassess Western policies on biological warfare and to seek alternatives that support international cooperation in reaffirming the norm of biological disarmament. This volume brings together a group of distinguished authors with a broad diversity of geographical and professional backgrounds to take up this challenge.

The book emphasizes placing post-Cold War concerns about biological warfare in context: the legacy of the vast biological weapons program pursued by the Soviet Union; the Middle East as a crucible of conflict over which looms weapons of mass destruction; the dramatic expansion of U.S. biological defense activities; and the new threat of asymmetrical warfare, including bioterrorism. Highlighting the importance of understanding often-marginalized non-Western perspectives, the book proposes fresh approaches and concrete proposals to overcome one of the most intractable security problems of the twenty-first century.

Contributions by: Stephen Black, P. R. Chari, Avner Cohen, Giri Deshingka, Biswajit Dhar, Laura Drake, Richard Falk, Laura Reed, Anthony Rimmington, Amin Saikal, Seth Shulman, Victor W. Sidel, Oliver Thränert, David A. Wallace, Susan Wright, and Zou Yunhua.

Editorial Reviews

Foreign Affairs
This extremely useful and authoritative volume provides a coherent account of the history of biological weapons programs and the attempts to control them.
Choice
Wright argues, controversially, that powerful Western states, the U.S. in particular, are undermining the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC)—not the weaker non-Western states as commonly believed. Highly recommended.
Michael Klare
Never has there been a greater need for this book, which provides a comprehensive analysis of the BW problem and options for addressing it by noted experts from around the world.
CHOICE
Wright argues, controversially, that powerful Western states, the U.S. in particular, are undermining the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC)—not the weaker non-Western states as commonly believed. Highly recommended.
Matthew Evangelista
A timely and important volume that challenges the narrow, conventional understandings of the threat of biological warfare as emanating solely from 'rogue states' and terrorists. Particularly innovative are Wright's analyses drawing connections between the biotechnology industry, economic development in the Third World, and the prospects for implementing a regime prohibiting biological warfare.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742524682
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/2002
Series:
War and Peace Library Series
Edition description:
2002
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.38(h) x 1.23(d)

Meet the Author

Susan Wright, a historian of science at the University of Michigan, is research scientist in the University's Institute for Research on Women and Gender.

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