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Spring 2019 - MIIS
Jul 13, 2020
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NPTG 8614 - Chem & Bio Warfare & Terrorism

This course will explore contemporary threats posed by the proliferation and use of chemical and biological weapons (CBW) by states and terrorist organizations. The course will cover the motivations for CBW acquisition and use by states and non-state actors, the role of norms, sanctions, and deterrence in restraining the proliferation and use of these weapons, and obstacles and opportunities for the CBW nonproliferation and disarmament regime. Topics to be addressed will include: (1) the strategic logic behind Syria’s use of chemical weapons; (2) the growing use of poison by authoritarian regimes for assassination purposes; (3) the Islamic State’s use of chemical weapons; (4) the threat posed by North Korea’s CBW; (5) the impact of advances in synthetic biology on biosecurity; and (6) the future of the CBW nonproliferation and disarmament regime. The course will conclude with a crisis simulation exercise.


1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours

Levels: MIIS Graduate
Schedule Types: Workshop

Intl Policy & Management Division
Nonproliferatn&Terrorsm Stdies Department


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