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  • Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Weapons (NCBW) in India & Pakistan Equation: Past & Present

    Relations between India and Pakistan have remained hostile, since partition, owing to varied geopolitical reasons. They both compete against each other in conventional and nuclear arms. While the threat of CBW remains low in the region, it cannot be completely ruled out.

    July-December 2020

    Poisoning of Alexei Navalny: The Plot Thickens

    Russia’s high-profile opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s poisoning has led to intense speculation about not only the perpetrator but also its timing and motive. Widely conflicting diagnosis emerging from Russia, where Navalny was first treated, to Germany, where he was airlifted for further medical treatment, have further fanned this speculation. Unsurprisingly, the needle of suspicion has fallen on the Russian government.

    July-December 2020

    Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

    Syria acquired the capability to produce chemical weapons in order to counter Israel’s chemical weapons program. It imported chemical weapon precursor and dual-use production equipment from other countries including Russia, China, India and North Korea. Bashar al Assad inherited a huge stockpile of chemical weapons with production, manufacturing, storage and research facilities scattered over Damascus, Homs, Hama, Latakia and Aleppo.

    July-December 2020

    The National Security Impact of Crimes Using Chemical Agents

    Chemical attacks are not normal crimes as they have important consequences for national and international security, but they are also crimes that law enforcement authorities are obliged to investigate and, if possible, resolve through national criminal procedures. Salisbury case highlights the complexity of an investigation. Although, there are now sufficient cases of attacks with chemical agents to justify a systematic response, however, there still remains a doubt whether that law enforcement authorities are prepared for criminal cases with national and international security implications.

    July-December 2020

    Mohammad Hussain asked: What are the key challenges related to chemical and biological disarmament?

    Ajey Lele replies: Disarmament is all about the lessening or withdrawal of weapons and military forces. It was the Geneva Convention of 1925 which spoke about limiting the spread of weapons made using biological and chemical materials. This ‘Protocol for the Prohibition of the Use in War of Asphyxiating, Poisonous or Other Gases, and of Bacteriological Methods of Warfare’ entered into force on February 8, 1928. Almost after five decades, in March 1975, the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) entered into force.

    Impact of Plant Extracts in Neutralizing Threats from Bio-Organisms: Opening New Vistas in Bio Terror and Healthcare

    Bio-organisms are a serious threat to mankind today. With the increasing resistance to antibiotics and few discoveries in new antibiotics, the healthcare risks of individuals and societies have increased manifold. Coupled to this, constant mutations in microbes need a different dimension to counter such bio-organisms. Alongside healthcare problems, deliberate use of bio-organisms as agents of terror is a threat that has no counter today. This paper presents ‘Whiff Bio-Spray,’ a breakthrough solution to neutralize these bio-organisms through the use of active plant extracts.

    July-December 2019

    Chemical Concerns: Raising Suspicion about Myanmar’s Covert CW Capability

    Myanmar has once again faced accusations of having a clandestine chemical weapons capability and non-compliance, despite the country’s efforts to fulfil its obligation under the Chemical Weapons Convention. Even though Myanmar has rejected the latest US allegations, the questions regarding its intact and existing buildings at Tonbo Site and the suspicions about a clandestine chemical weapons factory in Pauk Township will haunt the authorities in Myanmar to come clean before the International community.

    July-December 2019

    Stop Turning a Blind Eye to Tear Gas Misuse

    Riot control agents, are often employed for law enforcement. They also are open to misuse. Despite the ongoing misuse of these chemicals by police and security forces, CWC States Parties have not publicly raised any such cases as matters of concern within the OPCW nor has any OPCW policymaking organ addressed the nature and scope of “law enforcement” under the CWC.

    July-December 2018

    75 Years Later, Are Lessons From the Bari Incident Still Relevant?

    While planning and executing kinetic operations, it is essential to look at various facets of force application including the possibilities of accidents or surprise attacks by the adversary.

    November 08, 2018

    India in Australia Group: What does it mean for India?

    India's membership in Australia Group has been an acknowledgement on the part of the member states about is impeccable record on non-proliferation. India all these years have been very pro - actively working through its national legislation on export controls through which the proliferation of CBW agents can be contained.

    January-June 2018

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