News | April 7, 2016

Crisis in the Levant: The Problem of Continued Use of Chemical Weapons

By Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction

Date: Thursday, April 7, 2016

Time: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Location: NDU, Lincoln Hall, Room 1119

Despite the successful destruction of Syria’s declared chemical weapons stockpile in 2014, the continued use of toxic chemicals as weapons of war in Syria and Iraq underscores the threat of persistent small-scale chemical warfare still facing the international community. The WMD Center is pleased to host Dr. Robert Mikulak, former U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), to discuss the international response to chemical weapons use in the Levant, the challenges of attribution and accountability, and the implications of continued chemical weapons use for the Chemical Weapons Convention. The WMD Center’s Mr. Patrick Terrell will moderate.

Robert Mikulak is an expert advisor on chemical and biological weapons issues at the U.S. Department of State. From November 2010 until his retirement in July 2015, he was the U.S. Permanent Representative to the OPCW. During the negotiation of the Chemical Weapons Convention, he was the deputy U.S. negotiator and senior U.S. technical expert.

Patrick Terrell is a Senior Research Fellow at the National Defense University’s WMD Center. Prior to joining the Center, he served in the U.S. Army Chemical Corps for 27 years, culminating his service in the Army as the WMD Military Advisor and Deputy Director for CBRN Defense Policy in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Countering WMD.

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