The Third CWC Review Conference is a chance to aggressively pursue the abolishment of chemical weapons. But that can't happen without buy-in from all states parties and a balance among strategic goals -- including dealing with new chemical weapons possessors like Syria.
The Chemical Weapons Convention's lack of clarity on incapacitating chemical agents has left room for broad -- and dangerous -- interpretations of how they might be used. It's high time scientists and diplomats defined the role of toxic chemicals in law enforcement -- before NATO does it for them.
To ensure a world free of chemical weapons, officials at the international, national, and local levels must avoid complacency to achieve completion.
After the uproar over the planned publication and later redaction of scientists' experiments on the H5N1 virus, the clamor has shifted focus -- to questioning the virus threat, condemning the use of ferrets, ignoring the BWC, and avoiding matters of dual-use governance.
Does the human right to life protect hostages against the use of gas? Not according to the European Court of Human Rights.