"Never has the danger of biological warfare appeared more
acute, and never has there been a greater need for this book."
As the threat of terrorism and regional instability looms
ever greater, it is imperative to reconsider international policies relating to
biological warfare and disarmament. This innovative book brings together for the
first time a distinguished group of both Western and non-Western experts to
offer international perspectives on the problem of biological weapons and the
challenge of achieving biological disarmament. By examining the diverse contexts
in which biological weapons concerns have emerged and responses that have been
attempted since the end of the Cold War, the book also offers fresh approaches
and concrete proposals to overcome one of the most intractable security problems
of the twenty-first century.
"The authors provide a thoughtful and comprehensive analysis of the biological warfare problem in its various geopolitical contexts and an assessment of the options for addressing it and for strengthening the global ban on biological weapons. These are vital global issues and this book performs a critical service by including the views and analyses of noted experts from around the world." —Michael Klare, Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies
"In this timely and important volume, Susan Wright has assembled contributions from a wide range of scholars and analysts representing several disciplines and areas of the world. They challenge the narrow, conventional understandings of the threat of biological warfare as emanating solely from 'rogue states' and terrorists. Instead the authors describe the origins and legacy of major biological weapons and defence programmes in the Soviet Union and the United States; present perspectives from the Middle East, India, and China; and assess the prospects for the barriers to effective disarmament. Particularly innovative are Wright's analyses drawing connections between the biotechnology industry, economic development in the Third World, and the prospects for implementing a regime prohibiting biological warfare." —Matthew Evangelista, Cornell University, USA.
Susan Wright, a historian of science at the University of Michigan, USA, is Research Scientist in the University’s Institute for Research on Women and Gender. A specialist in the history and politics of biotechnology, her books include
Preventing a Biological Arms Race (1990) and Molecular Politics: Developing American and British Regulatory Policy for Genetic Engineering, 1972-1982