Title

Chemical Warfare: Analysis of the Chemical Weapons Ban and its Effectiveness

Date

5-31-2018 1:00 PM

End Time

31-5-2018 3:00 PM

Location

WUC Summit

Session Chair

Mary Pettenger

Session Chair

Mark Henkels

Session Title

Politics, Policy & Administration Research posters

Presentation Type

Poster session

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Mary Pettenger, Mark Henkels

Abstract

For thousands of years, mankind has been using a variation of bizarre methods to use in war. Chemical weapons have been common throughout history, including; poison dipped arrows, boiling tar, arsenic smoke/noxious fumes, etc. As wars around the world progress, so does the technology and usage of chemical weapons. Recognizing the horrific results from chemical weapons, the United Nations (UN) created guidelines on what weapons can and cannot be used in warfare during the 1925 Geneva Protocol for the Prohibition of the Use of Asphyxiating, Poisonous or Other Gases, and Bacteriological Methods of Warfare. Only including the use of chemical weapons, the final report from the UN failed to include development, production, and possession of chemical weapons. It wasn’t until 1997 when effective action was taken against chemical weapons as a whole. My research project dissects the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and analyzes whether the meat of the ban demonstrates effectiveness. Along with the history of chemicals weapons and the use of them in current events, the CWC is compared to other UN institutions to determine the overall effectiveness of the groundbreaking convention.

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May 31st, 1:00 PM May 31st, 3:00 PM

Chemical Warfare: Analysis of the Chemical Weapons Ban and its Effectiveness

WUC Summit

For thousands of years, mankind has been using a variation of bizarre methods to use in war. Chemical weapons have been common throughout history, including; poison dipped arrows, boiling tar, arsenic smoke/noxious fumes, etc. As wars around the world progress, so does the technology and usage of chemical weapons. Recognizing the horrific results from chemical weapons, the United Nations (UN) created guidelines on what weapons can and cannot be used in warfare during the 1925 Geneva Protocol for the Prohibition of the Use of Asphyxiating, Poisonous or Other Gases, and Bacteriological Methods of Warfare. Only including the use of chemical weapons, the final report from the UN failed to include development, production, and possession of chemical weapons. It wasn’t until 1997 when effective action was taken against chemical weapons as a whole. My research project dissects the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and analyzes whether the meat of the ban demonstrates effectiveness. Along with the history of chemicals weapons and the use of them in current events, the CWC is compared to other UN institutions to determine the overall effectiveness of the groundbreaking convention.