Global Agenda Council on Nuclear, Biological & Chemical Weapons 2012-2014
North Korea set off a flurry of debate and activity in the field of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in February 2013 when it detonated its third nuclear device. The test escalated the situation on the Korean Peninsula. The resulting war of words, and diplomatic signals across the Atlantic, reminded policy-makers of the need to resolve definitively the nuclear aspirations of pariah nations. Rumours that chemical weapons had been used in the civil conflict in Syria, and warnings from the Obama administration that it intended to take firm measures if WMD are used, sparked debates and scepticism among the WMD community. Could chemical weapons in Syria or weak nuclear devices in North Korea be the next “WMD in Iraq” episode?