n African Security Review - The importance of the BTWC for Africa and the role of African states in multilateral disarmament initiatives : commentary

Volume 14, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1024-6029
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Extracted from text ... COMMENTARY The Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) will celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of its entry into force on 26 March 2005. When opened for signature in 1972, it was hailed as the first multilateral disarmament treaty to ban the production and use of an entire category of weapons. Recent developments, such as the attempts by the Aum Shinrikyo to acquire and use biological weapons and the anthrax incidents in the United States, underscored the threat of biological weapons and the need to counter their use not only by traditional state actors but also by terrorists and other nonstate ..

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