Kirk C. Bansak

Articles by Kirk C. Bansak

10 August 2012

Trust, but socially verify

Kirk C. Bansak

Imagine a world in which the maintenance of arms control agreements was not undertaken solely by mutually suspicious governments but shared with citizens. At first glance, the proposition may seem unrealistic, but the concept is hardly new.

30 January 2012

A hinge moment for the BWC?

Kirk C. Bansak

Although it was an eleventh-hour decision, the Seventh Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC) Review Conference in Geneva did manage to produce a consensus final document this past December. As the saying goes, "a win is a win," and in the end the final document -- adopted with less than an hour to go in the three-week meeting -- would not have derived any more force if adopted earlier.

1 September 2011
Efforts to keep Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons could provoke dangerous reactions, including the country’s pursuit of other unconventional weapons systems.
22 February 2011

Parts of the sum: Unpacking the dynamics of biological weapons proliferation

Kirk C. Bansak

The proliferation potential of biological weapons is an exceedingly complex topic, only made more complicated by semantic inconsistencies. For example, the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC), considered to be the cornerstone of the global biological weapons nonproliferation regime, has been variously termed an arms control, disarmament, and nonproliferation treaty.