n African Security Review - Evaluating the threat of biological weapons in Eastern Africa : feature
|Article Title||Evaluating the threat of biological weapons in Eastern Africa : feature|
|© Publisher:||UNISA Press|
|Journal||African Security Review|
|Author||James Thuo Njuguna|
|Publication Date||Jan 2005|
|Pages||13 - 21|
Biological, chemical and nuclear weapons, often referred to as weapons of mass destruction (WMD), have captured global public attention in recent years. The war in Iraq in 2003 and 2004 was waged because some countries, led by the United States, believed Iraq had chemical and biological weapons and wished to prevent the transfer of these weapons to terrorists or terrorist organisations. While no such weapons were found in Iraq, this does not preclude the possibility that elsewhere governments or terrorist groups may develop or use biological weapons in the future. <BR>This article, through an analysis of the literature, evaluates the situation in eastern Africa, covering the countries belonging to one or both of two regional organisations, the East African Community (EAC), and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to see how potential threats from biological weapons may be viewed and how governments in this region could respond to this threat using tools for public health and disease control.
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