Terrorism, War, or Disease? Unraveling the Use of Biological Weapons

Synopsis

The use of biological warfare (BW) agents by states or terrorists is one of the world's most frightening security threats but, thus far, little attention has been devoted to understanding how to improve policies and procedures to identify and attribute BW events. Terrorism, War, or Disease'is the first book to examine the complex political, military, legal, and scientific challenges involved in determining when BW have been used and who has used them. Through detailed analysis of the most significant and controversial allegations of BW use from the Second World War to the present, internationally recognized experts assess past attempts at attribution of unusual biological events and draw lessons to improve our ability to counter these deadly silent killers. This volume presents the most comprehensive analysis of actual and alleged BW use, and provides an up-to-date evaluation of law enforcement, forensic epidemiology, and arms control measures available to policymakers to investigate and attribute suspected attacks.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Anne L. Clunan
  • Leonard A. Cole
  • Ron Barrett
  • Matthew S. Meselson
  • Julian Perry Robinson
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Stanford, CA
Publication year:
  • 2008