Chemical Weapons Arms Control at a Crossroads: Russia, Syria, and the Future of the Chemical Weapons Convention

An Event Sponsored by the Biodefense Graduate Program

Chemical Weapons Arms Control at a Crossroads: Russia, Syria, and the Future of the Chemical Weapons Convention

Featuring: Dr. John R. Walker, Dr. Una Jakob, & Dr. Hanna Notte

Live Zoom Webinar

Held March 23, 2021 from 11 AM – 12:30 PM EST

This webinar provided insights from international experts on the challenges posed by Russian and Syrian use of chemical weapons and implications for the global chemical weapons arms control regime.

The repeated use of chemical weapons by Syria and Russia threatens to undermine international efforts to eliminate these weapons. How will states parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention, which bans the development, possession, and use of chemical weapons, respond to these violations of the treaty at their annual meeting in April? The panelists will discuss the challenges posed by the current Russian and Syrian chemical weapons programs, the status of international efforts to strengthen accountability for the use of chemical weapons, and the implications for the global chemical weapons non-proliferation and disarmament regime.

Dr. John R. Walker is the former head of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Arms Control and Disarmament Research Unit (ACDRU). Dr. Una Jakob is a research associate at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF) in Germany specializing in arms control, disarmament, and non-proliferation related to chemical and biological weapons. Dr. Hanna Notte is a Senior Non-Resident Scholar with the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), focusing on arms control and security issues involving Russia and the Middle East. The event will be moderated by Dr. Gregory D. Koblentz, Director of the Biodefense Graduate Program at the Schar School of Policy and Government.

Watch a recording of this event here.

View the slide decks from our panelists: