The Strategic Implications of Chemical and Biological Weapons for Gulf Security

The Strategic Implications of Chemical and Biological Weapons for Gulf Security

  • 15 June 1999

This paper analyzed the strategic significance and implications of chemical and biological weapons for Gulf security. Its main premise was that such weapons are unlikely in themselves to change the balance of terror in the region, but if bolstered with nuclear weapons, they can tee formidable instruments of power in the hands of several regional players, including Iraq, Iran, “Israel”, Pakistan and India. Such a development is likely to have profound impact on relations between Gulf States.

The paper also analyzed the characteristics end nature of these weapons and the prospect of their regional proliferation in the 21St Century. It attempted to address several key issues, including their impact on civilian and military targets. It also discussed in some detail the defensive mechanisms needed for protection against possible covert attacks from non-state actors or groups. Additionally, the paper focuses on nonproliferation and counter proliferation at different levels with a view to highlighting the growing threat from missile technology and other devices.

In conclusion, this paper argued that given the rapid change in information technology worldwide, nuclear, chemical and biological weapons are likely to evolve increasingly as destabilizing factors in the Gulf. The study advocated a nuclear, biological and chemical weapon free zone in the Gulf as a confidence-building measure and as a means to reduce regional tensions.

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Tuesday 15 June 1999

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Tuesday 15 June 1999

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