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  • Yersinia pestis, Biological Warfare, and Bioterrorism

    Yersinia pestis can cause any of three diseases – bubonic plague, pneumonic plague, and Septicemic plague. Bubonic and pneumonic plagues have in the past been weaponized by Japan and USSR. This article analyses whether terrorist groups will emulate these national biological warfare programs and thus will seek to develop weapons armed with Y. pestis.

    January-June 2017

    Use of Chemical and Biological Weapons by Daesh / ISIS

    Chemical and Biological weapons remain a subversive threat to civilizational stability. Biological weapons in particular are a tremendous cause for concern given the difficulty in predicting/preparing for an attack and the complexities of post-attack rehabilitation. Furthermore, the problems of attrition and lack of culpability make it an even more tempting form of warfare for Non State Actors and Extremists. It is important therefore, to examine the current climate of extremism and the potential threat posed by the usage of Chemical and Biological weapons. Having gained access to Iraqi chemical weapon stockpiles, the Islamic State has already engaged in Chemical warfare. This paper attempts to conjecture the possibility of their move towards Biological warfare and the aids/deterrents that could facilitate or block such a transition.

    July-December 2016

    The Terrorism-Disease Nexus: India's Neighborhood Concerns

    The lawyer1 representing the Pakistani clinician2 involved in a US national security plan to confirm Osama Bin Laden’s identity in

    January-June 2015

    Issues Before the 7th Biological Weapons Review Conference

    Given its record and its efforts to promote bio-security and bio-safety, India should adopt a proactive role in strengthening the BTWC further.

    August 30, 2011

    Breivik’s Interest in Anthrax and Religious Extremism

    The history of the use of biological agents by non-state actors indicates that radical groups, religious fanatics and even disgruntled scientists have engaged in bioterrorism

    August 02, 2011

    Biometrics against Bioterrorism; Steps for Trans-national Countermeasure Strategies

    Biometric provides a comprehensive defence capability against threats from adversaries which increases its robustness. This can be done by using a detector to detect virus, bacteria, other micro organisms and biotoxins. It is expected to provide the complete safety of the individual and the country.

    Bioterrorism and Combating Strategies-Select Readings, Editor: Anila V Menon, Amicus Book, the Icfai University Press (2007)

    The book “Bioterrorism and Combating Strategies-Select Readings is an edited volume by Anila V Menon. As the very title suggests, this book basically deals with various aspects of bioterrorism and ways to combat them. Unfortunately, at a time when technological advancement has been treated as a blessing to the world, it has also been used as a tool to unleash massive destruction on humankind. The usage of biological warfare as a tool of violence by terrorist groups has made humankind highly vulnerable to such weapons.

    Assessing the impact of a Bio-terrorist Attack using Mathematical Model

    In recent years there has been greater stress on conflict prevention all over the world. A key role in this effort has been played by science and technology.

    Counter Bio-Terror

    Modern Nation States are complex systems that today suffer from the affliction of terrorism, which can attack its vital centers and connective tissue. Even as nation’s try to counter, terrorists are themselves evolving and seeking new capabilities to more effectively injure their hosts, including all forms of weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

    Overview of National Implementation Measures for Use of Microorganisms - BTWC Concerns

    It is well recognized that modern technologies have dual use applications both for peaceful purposes as well as hostile use. Modern biology and bio-technology offer novel ways of manipulating basic life processes. Purposefully or unintentionally, genetic modification of microorganisms could be used to create organisms that are more virulent, are antibioticresistant, or have greater stability in the environment.

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