Next Steps toward a Middle East Free of Chemical Weapons: Strategic Dialogue, Research, and Report
Center on Contemporary Conflict
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Objective: Since World War II, there have been a number of chemical attacks in the Middle East by state and non-state actors. Today, there is a significant risk that chemical weapons could be used against the United States or its allies by several regional terrorist groups. This research project aims to develop lessons learned and recommendations from past Middle Eastern experiences with chemical weapons. Researchers will examine regional responses to Libyan and Syrian chemical weapons and Egypt’s and Israel’s behavior in regard to the Chemical Weapons Convention. They will also look at cooperative Middle Eastern efforts to prevent, detect, and respond to chemical attacks by terrorists and how the international community can more effectively encourage Middle Eastern governments and civil societies to deter and constrain chemical weapons acquisition and use by non-state actors. Findings from this research will enable regional analysts and states to better plan for cooperative efforts and share information.
Performer: Arizona State University Project Lead: Orde Kittrie Project Cost: $218,000 FY15-16
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