Jonathan B. Tucker

Articles by Jonathan B. Tucker

2 May 2011

Re-envisioning the Chemical Weapons Convention

Jonathan B. Tucker

When Albert Einstein developed his theory of relativity, he made extensive use of "thought experiments" -- hypothetical exercises that, while impossible to carry out in real life, are useful for testing complex theories. In one well-known case, he compared the passage of time on a train traveling at close to the speed of light with that of a stationary observer in order to elucidate a concept known as the "relativity of simultaneity."

1 November 2010
As biological and chemical production technologies grow increasingly interrelated, the implications of this convergence for preventing the spread of biological and chemical weapons are becoming more serious. The author writes
1 January 2010
These seminal works have defined the discipline, challenged conventional thinking, and expanded scientists' and policy makers' understanding of the interaction between the life sciences and international security.
27 April 2009

Getting chemical weapons destruction back on track

Jonathan B. TuckerPaul F. Walker

One of the many arms-control challenges facing the Obama administration is to revitalize the sagging effort to destroy the vast U.S. stockpile of chemical weapons left over from the Cold War. A new U.S. Army report, to be released in May along with the Pentagon's 2010 budget request, will likely conclude that without additional funding, the elimination of these obsolete and dangerous weapons could drag on for another 15 years.

30 July 2008

Polio eradication: The road to global pathogen security?

Jonathan B. Tucker

Given the rapid increase in the number of laboratories around the world that do research on diseases of bioterrorism concern, such as anthrax and plague, and emerging infections, such as SARS and avian influenza, there is an urgent need to prevent pathogenic microbes from escaping accidentally from a lab or being stolen by terrorists and criminals. With a few exceptions, dangerous bacteria and viruses can be isolated from nature, but different strains tend to vary widely in virulence, or the ability to cause illness and death.

2 July 2008

The expanding range of biowarfare threats

Alan PearsonJonathan B. TuckerPal AasRalf Trapp

Scientists are developing new substances at the cross section of biology and chemistry--such as peptide bioregulators--that could be used to incapacitate and kill.

1 March 2008
The next biothreat could come from chemicals derived from the human body that can incapacitate and kill–and which skirt existing arms controls.