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Contents

SIPRI Yearbook 2018

SIPRI Yearbook 2018

I. Allegations of use of chemical weapons in Syria

Chapter:
8. Chemical and biological security threats
Source:
SIPRI Yearbook 2018
Author(s):
Dan Smith

The United Nations, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), various governments and civil society continued to examine allegations of chemical weapon (CW) use in Syria throughout 2017. However, the UN Security Council and the OPCW Executive Council remained deadlocked on the question of Syrian Government responsibility for CW use. This section describes the ad hoc international arrangements used to evaluate Syria’s declarations under the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and reviews the reports of the OPCW Fact-finding Mission (FFM).1 It also describes developments in Syria in 2017, including the use of sarin at Khan Shaykhun on 4 April, which prompted the United States to launch retaliatory Tomahawk cruise missile strikes against a Syrian airbase. Finally, the section discusses the likely future focus of the work of the OPCW in Syria and the issue of CW-related sanctions.

Citation (MLA):
Smith, Dan. "8. Chemical and biological security threats." SIPRI Yearbook. SIPRI. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2016. Web. 18 Dec. 2018. <http://www.sipriyearbook.org/view/9780198821557/sipri-9780198821557-chapter-8-div1-008.xml>.
Citation (APA):
Smith, D. (2016). 8. Chemical and biological security threats. In SIPRI, SIPRI Yearbook 2018: Armaments, Disarmament and International Security. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Retrieved 18 Dec. 2018, from http://www.sipriyearbook.org/view/9780198821557/sipri-9780198821557-chapter-8-div1-008.xml
Citation (Chicago):
Smith, Dan. "8. Chemical and biological security threats." In SIPRI Yearbook 2018: Armaments, Disarmament and International Security, SIPRI. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016). Retrieved 18 Dec. 2018, from http://www.sipriyearbook.org/view/9780198821557/sipri-9780198821557-chapter-8-div1-008.xml
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