Alexander Kelle

Articles by Alexander Kelle

9 November 2012

Chemical convention countdown

Alexander Kelle

In August, as suspicions about the scope of Syria's chemical weapons program came to light, a Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman acknowledged his country's willingness to use its horrific chemical weapons against any would-be foreign invaders.

27 September 2012

Getting to bioweapons consensus

Malcolm DandoKathryn NixdorffAlexander Kelle

At the Seventh Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) Review Conference in Geneva last December, the treaty's 165 member states agreed to a new intersessional process of work to be done in preparation for the next such conference, in 2016. This new process retained the limited aim ("to discuss, and promote common understanding and effective action") of the previous two intersessional processes, but it did restructure the convention's annual meeting of experts and state parties within the process.

7 June 2012

Legally incapacitated, politically outmaneuvered

Alexander Kelle

When survivors of the 2002 theater siege in Moscow -- in which Russian police used a gas widely believed to be a fentanyl derivative to flush out terrorists -- brought claims before the European Court of Human Rights, the ruling came down with mixed results.

24 April 2012

Chemical weapons destruction deadline missed

Alexander Kelle

April 29, 2012, marks the final destruction deadline for chemical weapons, according to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). The United States will miss this deadline, as will the Russian Federation and Libya. This inability to comply with a crucial treaty provision that the US Senate approved and the Clinton administration ratified back in April 1997 may be puzzling to some, but it certainly should not come as a surprise.

29 March 2012

H5N1: Bungling dual-use governance

Alexander Kelle

Recent months have seen an increasingly confusing debate about new research on the adaptability and transmissibility of avian influenza A/H5N1, which was undertaken by groups in the Netherlands and the United States. Both studies were funded by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), and research results were sent for publication to Science and Nature, respectively.

23 February 2012

The message from Strasbourg

Alexander Kelle

On December 20, 2011, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, ruled that the "use of gas against terrorists during the Moscow theatre siege was justified." It did not, that is, violate the right to

1 January 2010
The BWC needs to return to its core business: preventing state-level bioweapon programs. Enhancing the regime toward this end will also hinder the trickle down of bioweapon technologies to sub-state actors and individuals.