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  • “Reinforcing the Norm Against Chemical Weapons”

    This is the text of the speech delivered by the Director-General of the OPCW H.E. Mr Ahmet Üzümcü at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis, New Delhi on September 3, 2015. He spoke on Reinforcing Norm Against Chemical Weapons.

    July-December 2014

    Chemical Anarchy: Islamic State, Chemical Weapon and Syrian War Theatre

    There has been an increase in speculations surrounding the possible use of chemical and biological weapons in the aftermath of Paris massacre. These fears and speculations are not random or isolated. They emerge from events in the war theatres of Iraq and Syria that witnessed increasing use of chemical weapons such as chlorine and mustard gas against civilians and military alike across the globe after the outbreak of Ebola virus.

    July-December 2015

    Paris Exposes the Limitations of the West’s Approach to Counter Terrorism

    Paris Exposes the Limitations of the West’s Approach to Counter Terrorism

    Against the backdrop of the Paris attacks, there is a need to introspect about the effectiveness of the approaches adopted by major states to counter terrorism.

    November 18, 2015

    Project Loon: Internet via Stratosphere

    There is a need for India to participate in Project Loon to increase its ‘internet footprint’. The project perfectly fits into the scheme of ‘Digital India’. It could also lead to surge in India’s interest in near-space technologies.

    November 09, 2015

    Wrong Weapons in Wrong hands: Ensure compliance with readiness

    Chemical weapons can cause large scale death and destruction. To give an example, a pinhead size drop of nerve agent can kill an adult within minutes. In a country like India which has a large density of population, a large scale attack is almost impossible to prepare against. Chemical weapons are ideal for terror seekers because they are cheap and easily accessible. They are also easy to transport.

    January-June 2015

    100 Years On: Strengthening the Norm against Chemical-Weapons Use

    In 22nd April, 1915, during the First World War (WWI), German forces used Chlorine gas for the first time, killing thousands of French troops in the battlefields in Ypres, Belgium.1 This incident introduced the era of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) in the history of modern warfare. Since then, chemical agents have become the only WMDs to be used repeatedly in conflict situations.

    January-June 2015

    Beyond Forty Years of the BWC

    In shadow of many unprecedented terror attacks, disastrous toll taken by Ebola across the globe and dreadful spread of Swine Flu in India, the 40th anniversary of Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) was convened on 30 March 2015 in the Council Chamber of the Palais des Nations in Geneva, the same place where the BWC was originally negotiated.

    January-June 2015

    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

    Nanotechnology: The Emerging Field for Future Military Applications

    Nanotechnology: The Emerging Field for Future Military Applications

    This monograph traces the R&D initiatives being undertaken in nanotechnology, followed by specific applications which are relevant for the Indian defence forces. It also attempts to foresee how nanotechnology-enabled applications are likely to impact the future battlefield.


    The ‘Road’ to Success for the “Silk Road Initiative” is via Aerospace

    The ‘Road’ to Success for the “Silk Road Initiative” is via Aerospace

    For China, the Belt and Road initiative is a long-term strategy designed for it to assume a bigger role in global affairs through the business route. Various aerial and space-based platforms will play an important in making this strategy successful.

    October 21, 2015