Gabriele Kraatz-Wadsack (IMAGO / Götz Schleser)

Monitoring Iraq’s dual-use capabilities: An interview with Gabriele Kraatz-Wadsack

By Filippa Lentzos, July 21, 2021

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Gabriele Kraatz-Wadsack (IMAGO / Götz Schleser)

Gabriele Kraatz-Wadsack carried out 25 UNSCOM inspection missions, including eight as Chief Inspector, by far the most of any woman conducting biological weapons inspections in Iraq. Trained as a veterinarian and a microbiologist, Kraatz-Wadsack served in the German armed forces, conducting medical biodefense research, before she joined UNSCOM in 1995. Since 2006, Kraatz-Wadsack has held several senior positions at the United Nations, including Chief of the WMD Branch and Chief of the Regional Disarmament Branch both in the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs, and as Chief of Staff in the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism for Syria.

In this interview with Filippa Lentzos, senior lecturer at King’s College London and Bulletin biosecurity columnist, Kraatz-Wadsack discusses her experiences as a biological inspector.

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Bob Henstridge
Bob Henstridge
8 days ago

A fascinating read. It was a pleasure to work with and for Gabriele during my UNSCOM days!