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Hope and ambition turn to dismay and neglect: the biological and toxin weapons convention in 2001

Feakes, D. and Littlewood, J. (2002) Hope and ambition turn to dismay and neglect: the biological and toxin weapons convention in 2001 Medicine, Conflict and Survival, 18, (2), pp. 161-174. (PMID:12044025).

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The background to the failure of the December 2001 Fifth Review Conference of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) to agree a politically binding final declaration is discussed. Negotiations in the Ad Hoc Group (AHG) of the BTWC, which was set up after the 1994 Special Conference, are described. Accusations of non-compliance with the BTWC are not new and it is concluded that the ultimate failure of the 2001 Review Conference was principally, but not entirely, due to rejection by the United States that the AHG should remain in being. Strengthening the BTWC remains as important as ever, but it remains to be seen if there is the political will to achieve this.

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Published date: 2002
Organisations: Social Sciences


Local EPrints ID: 35195
ISSN: 1362-3699
PURE UUID: 1909219f-1eab-4dfd-83ff-78d6e4dcdde0

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Date deposited: 16 May 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:48

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