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Monday, August 26, 2013

Chemical Weapons: Who Has Them? Who Makes Them? And How Deadly Are They?

Israeli Defense Forces soldiers take part in a drill that simulates a chemical rocket attack in Jerusalem Wednesday, 29 May, 2013. (Abir Sultan/AP)

Israeli Defense Forces soldiers take part in a drill that simulates a chemical rocket attack in Jerusalem Wednesday, 29 May, 2013. (Abir Sultan/AP)

As evidence mounts that chemical weapons were used last week in Syria, and the White House deliberates on U.S. responses, Here & Now turns to international security expert Jim Walsh to ask:

  • What is a chemical weapon and what kind of stockpile does Syria have?
  • Which other nations possess them and who manufactures them?
  • What are the technological hurdles both for manufacturing chemical weapons and for using them?
  • How much trade is there across borders, in fully developed chemical weapons and in related materials and technology?

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Opinion pieces by Jim Walsh


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