Accession Number : ADA435071

Title :   Arms Control without Arms Control: The Failure of the Biological Weapons Convention Protocol and a New Paradigm for Fighting the Threat of Biological Weapons

Descriptive Note : Occasional paper

Corporate Author : INST FOR NATIONAL SECURITY STUDIES US AIR FORCE ACADEMY CO

Personal Author(s) : Roberts, Guy B.

PDF Url : ADA435071

Report Date : MAR 2003

Pagination or Media Count : 125

Abstract : This is the 49th volume in the Occasional Paper series of the U.S. Air Force Institute for National Security Studies (INSS). Among the many dimensions of national security that face unprecedented changes and challenges after the end of the Cold War, arms control has been as directly affected as any other dimension. The formal, bilateral, and verification-based arms control that was so central to that former period fits neither the new environment nor the expanded focus beyond the strategic nuclear arena. In this paper, Guy Roberts presents yet another of his insightful explanations and analyses of the adaptations and new directions that are required to give arms control continued relevance today and tomorrow. This thorough analysis of the special case of biological warfare controls follows his January 2001 INSS Occasional Paper 36, "This Arms Control Dog Won't Hunt: The Proposed Fissile Material Cut-Off Treaty at the Conference on Disarmament," in chronicling both the failure of continuing emphasis on formal Cold War-type arms control products and the enduring centrality of cooperative arms control processes in the current national security environment. In Roberts' line of argument, arms control is indeed dead, yet arms control can and must be reborn in the form of a wide range of integrally linked and multifaceted legal, diplomatic, economic, and military instruments to effectively fight the spread and use of dangerous weapons and systems.

Descriptors :   *NATIONAL SECURITY, *POLITICAL ALLIANCES, *BIOLOGICAL WARFARE, *ARMS CONTROL, *AGREEMENTS, *INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, *COOPERATION, TERRORISTS, UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, ORGANIZATIONS, GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN), VERIFICATION, THREATS, INTERDICTION, HISTORY, INTERNATIONAL TRADE, UNITED NATIONS, BIOLOGICAL WARFARE AGENTS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, SMUGGLING.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare
      Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE