Stopping the Use of Chemical Weapons in Modern Conflicts

This event looks at the lessons learned in the aftermath of the chemical attacks in Salisbury and Douma.

Members event, Panel Recording
25 May 2018 — 12:30PM TO 1:30PM
Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE London

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.

  • 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 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.


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

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