Month: September 2010

New blood: Civil society helps shape the 2011 BTWC Review Conference agenda

New blood: Civil society helps shape the 2011 BTWC Review Conference agenda

The Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) have evolved in interestingly different ways in the first decade of the twenty-first century. The CWC and its major international organization — the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons — have become rather opaque to civil society, despite a significant program of official activities.

Sharing New START’s negotiating record is unwarranted

Sharing New START’s negotiating record is unwarranted

On September 16, the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved New START, the bilateral treaty signed in April that would verifiably reduce US and Russian nuclear weapons. Three Republican senators — Richard Lugar, Bob Corker, and Johnny Isakson — voted in committee to approve the treaty. Such support bodes well for the pact’s prospects during floor consideration by the full Senate, which can still attach additional declarations and conditions to New START’s resolution of ratification in order to clarify its interpretation of the treaty.