Sonia Ben Ouagrham-Gormley

Articles by Sonia Ben Ouagrham-Gormley

2 January 2018

Long-standing fears surrounding synthetic biology have recently been rekindled by the discovery of the gene-editing technique Crispr.

24 November 2015
AfricaAsiaEurope/RussiaMiddle East

The bioweapons convention: A new approach

Sonia Ben Ouagrham-Gormley

In a welcome but little-noticed development, the United States recently encouraged fellow members of the Biological Weapons Convention to take a deeper interest in “tacit knowledge,” a key determinant of bioweapons development, but one that nonproliferation efforts have largely ignored.

30 March 2015

Technological advance, proliferation potential, and the unsuitability of bioweapons as a deterrent

The virtue of the Biological Weapons Convention is that by banning the development of bioweapons, it not only allows the knowledge acquired within past bioweapons programs to erode over time; it also makes it more difficult to create and develop that specialized knowledge.

20 March 2015

Bioweapons not an alternative to nuclear weapons

Proposing to sacrifice the biological nonproliferation regime to ensure nuclear disarmament is simply shortsighted.

18 March 2015

The winter-safe deterrence debate

Gregory D. KoblentzGigi Kwik GronvallBrett EdwardsMartin Furmanski Sonia Ben Ouagrham-GormleySeth Baum

A debate on the notion of nuclear winter-safe deterrence

4 October 2013

Bioweapons alarmism in Syria

Sonia Ben Ouagrham-Gormley

In the case of Syria, is the media falling prey to the same biological weapons hysteria that led to the invasion of Iraq in 2003?

1 November 2011

Amerithrax review: Lessons for future investigations

Sonia Ben Ouagrham-Gormley

When the National Academy of Sciences issued its review of the FBI anthrax investigation earlier this year, the press fixated primarily on one point: The report found no conclusive evidence that Bruce Ivins, the Army scientist the government contends was responsible for a series of anthrax-laced letters mailed in 2001, produced them.

1 January 2010
Canada's recent biosecurity partnership with Kyrgyzstan could create a new model for preventing brain drain, showing it has learned a lot from the Cooperative Threat Reduction program–both good and bad.
22 October 2007

Nuclear terrorism's fatal assumptions

Sonia Ben Ouagrham-Gormley

In a casual, often-irreverent tone, journalist William Langewiesche walked readers of the December 2006 issue of The Atlantic through the possibilities and hurdles associated with procuring the required material for a nuclear weapon, transporting it to a safe place, and assembling the bomb. With no ambitions to provide solutions to these questions, his article was a pretext to draw attention to the successes and failures of U.S.