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Stopping the Use of Chemical Weapons in Modern Conflicts

25 May 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE London


Ahmet Üzümcü, Director-General, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)
Dr Peter van Ham, Senior Research Fellow, Clingendael Institute
Dr Caitriona McLeish, Senior Research Fellow, University of Sussex
Chair: Dr Beyza Unal, Senior Research Fellow, Nuclear Weapons Policy, International Security Department, Chatham House



Recent events in the UK and Syria have forced the international community to re-examine how the prohibition on the use of chemical weapons can be upheld in modern conflict situations and how both state and non-state actors can be made accountable for any violations.

This event will look at the lessons learned in the aftermath of the chemical attacks in Salisbury and Douma. In light of the changing nature of warfare and the prevalence of non-state actors in modern conflicts, how can the international prohibition against chemical weapons be effectively upheld? And are there new ways to re-energize the global norm against the use of chemical weapons?

This event will be livestreamed.

This event draws on an ongoing research collaboration between the International Security Department at Chatham House and Government of the Netherlands aimed at supporting compliance with and implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention.