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

ISBN-10: 0804759774

ISBN-13: 9780804759779

Edition: 2008

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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.
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 5/30/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

The Authors
Introduction: Identifying Biological Agents, Characterizing Events, and Attributing Blame
Case Studies
The U.S. Anthrax Letters: A Confirmed Case of BW Agent Use
The 1994 Plague in Western India: Human Ecology and the Risks of Misattribution
The Yellow Rain Affair: Lessons from a Discredited Allegation
"Yellow Rain" Biological Warfare Agent Use: Evidence and Remaining Questions
False Allegations of U.S. Biological Weapons Use During the Korean War
Cuban Allegations of U.S. Biological Warfare: False Allegations and Their Impact on Attribution
Imperial Japan's Germ Warfare: The Suppression of Evidence at the Tokyo War Crimes Trial, 1946-1948
A Quantitative Overview of Biological Weapons: Identification, Characterization, and Attribution
Policy and Scholarly Implications
U.S. Efforts to Investigate and Attribute the Use of Biological Weapons
A UK View on Biological Weapons Attribution Policies: The Importance of Strengthening Norms Against Biological Weapons
Multilateral Approaches to the Investigation and Attribution of Biological Weapons Use
Building Information Networks for Biosecurity
Conclusion: The Role of Attribution in Biosecurity Policy
Glossary of Technical Words and Terms
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