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Jul 2017

Controlling nuclear, biological or chemical weapons is often particularly difficult in areas where the risks of proliferation are high, including areas of limited statehood. Indeed, as this paper highlights, striking examples of this problem include Syria and Iraq, where chemical weapons have been used very recently. In response, the text's author contends that international non-proliferation regimes need to be adapted to the particular circumstances typical of fragile or collapsing states. Furthermore, a guiding motto for such reform should be “as few rules as necessary, as much preparation as possible.”

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Author Oliver Meier
Series SWP Research Papers
Issue 9
Publisher Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP)
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