Chemical Weapons And Their Horrible, but Also Hopeful, Past, Present, and Future
Associate Professor; Acting Program Chair, Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies;
Chemical weapons are back in the news based on their repeated and indiscriminate use in Syria the past few years as well as targeted attacks by both North Korea – to assassinate the leader’s half-brother last year – and most recently Russia, to target a former spy in the UK. How worrisome are these developments? And what implications do they have for the future of chemical weapons threats?
Professor Philipp Bleek will discuss the past, present, and potential future of chemical weapons threats. He will argue that while the use of chemical weapons in the past has been horrifying there is, in key respects, also a good news story as the international community has managed to progressively marginalize them. He will explore some reasons to be optimistic about the future of chemical weapons, though the progress that has been made may also be more fragile than is widely appreciated.
Philipp Bleek is Associate Professor and Acting Program Chair of the Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies Program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. His research and teaching focuses on the causes, consequences, and amelioration of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons threats at the intersection of academia, non-governmental organizations, and government. During 2012-2013 he served as Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs. In that capacity he staffed the then-secret Syria Chemical Weapons Senior Integration Group, a Pentagon-based, interagency effort to prepare for various chemical weapons-related contingencies. He previously worked on a study that debriefed the Japanese Aum Shinrikyo terrorists about their chemical and biological weapons programs which culminated in the 1995 sarin nerve agent attacks on the Tokyo subway. Some of his interviews were with those then on death row, and finally executed just a few weeks ago. Professor Bleek earned his Master in Public Policy from Harvard and his PhD in Government from Georgetown.
Please note that this program will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, Monterey. Room capacity is limited. Reservations will be accepted in the order they are received until the program is full. Depending on demand, we may be unable to accommodate auditors at this event.
Friday, November 16, 2018
11:30 am: Registration
12:50 pm: Program
- Vegetarian Option:
- $29 for members
- $35 for guests
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