18 Feb, 2009   ·    PR Chari and Arpit Rajain (Ed)

This study, comprising four essays, addresses the issue of proliferation of biological weapons, which belong to the category of weapons of mass destruction. This is an issue that finds hardly any resonance in the Indian strategic community, despite the fact that biological weapons are far easier to manufacture and can be as destructive as nuclear weapons. The Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) Treaty, negotiated in 1972 as an arms control measure, is designed to prohibit attempts ‘to develop, produce, stockpile or otherwise acquire or retain’ biological weapons. A major lacuna in this Treaty is the absence of provisions for verification of its compliance, although efforts have been since 1994 to negotiate a protocol that would enable its verification.

PR Chari and Arpit Rajain (Ed)
New Delhi: Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, 2001

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