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Dec 24 2013, 1:38 PM

On 5 December 2013, VERTIC and the Vienna Centre for Non-proliferation and Disarmament held the first in a series of seminars on the role of intergovernmental organisations in arms control and disarmament verification.

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Dec 24 2013, 12:53 PM

VERTIC organised a two-day workshop in Abidjan Côte d’Ivoire as part of its Additional Protocol Project. The workshop was titled: ‘Facilitating the adoption and implementation of the IAEA Additional Protocol in Côte d’Ivoire’ and took place on 16 and 17 of December 2013.

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Dec 12 2013, 7:31 PM

VERTIC's Senior Legal Officer, Scott Spence, and Legal Officer, Bilqees Esmail, represented VERTIC at this year's Meeting of the States Parties to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention during 9-13 December in Geneva, Switzerland.

 

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Dec 10 2013, 1:07 PM

Burkina Faso and Benin, together with UNREC (UN Office for Disarmament Affairs through the Regional UN Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa) and the BWC Implementation Support Unit, organized two workshops on the national implementation of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC).  

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Dec 05 2013, 6:40 PM

VERTIC's Senior Legal Officer, Scott Spence, represented VERTIC at the 18th Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention during 2-4 December. High on the agenda of this year's conference was Syria's accession to the Convention and the status of verification of the destruction of the country's chemical weapons stockpile. The Conference also re-appointed by acclamation Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü for a second term of office as OPCW Director-General.

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Dec 02 2013, 5:31 PM

VERTIC wishes to make an appointment at the Programme Director grade, following a potential internal promotion. Note that this recruitment may be cancelled should either no suitable candidates apply or other conditions change.

For more, see our recruitment page.

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Dec 02 2013, 2:15 PM
Last week, VERTIC Researcher David Cliff presented on nuclear disarmament verification in the context of the North Korean nuclear crisis at a conference in Malaysia. 
 
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Nov 20 2013, 4:40 PM

VERTIC Senior Legal Officer, Scott Spence, and Legal Officer, Sonia Drobysz, participated in the Expert Meeting on the National Legislation Implementation Kit on Nuclear Security in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, during 20-21 November.

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Nov 13 2013, 2:09 PM

The European Union (‘EU’) has provided €800,000 in funding for the Verification Research, Training and Information Centre (‘VERTIC’) to lead Project 8 of the EU’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (‘CBRN’) Centres of Excellence (‘CoE’) initiative, entitled ‘Prerequisite to strengthening CRBN national legal frameworks.’ 

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Oct 24 2013, 4:31 PM

In this week's blog post, Dominic Bright enquires how poisoning of elephants in Zimbabwe has relevance for national implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention.

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Oct 18 2013, 2:53 PM

VERTIC Senior Legal Officer, Scott Spence, participated in a 'Taller para la Implementación Nacional de la Convención sobre Armas Biológicas' in Quito, Ecuador on 14 October. He then led a three-day workshop (15-17 October) with the objective of drafting amendments to Ecuador’s Arms Control Law and revised Penal Code to implement the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) in Ecuador, including biological weapons prohibitions and measures for the non-proliferation of particularly dangerous biological agents and toxins.

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Oct 12 2013, 6:23 PM

VERTIC Senior Legal Officer, Scott Spence, participated in a "Seminar on Biological Material and Biosafety in the Framework of the Biological Weapons Convention" during 9-11 October in Santiago, Chile.

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Oct 11 2013, 4:40 PM
Today, the Nobel Peace Prize committee announced that the prize for 2013 is being awarded to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for its 'extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons'.
 
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Oct 08 2013, 3:38 PM
In this week's blog post, Sonia Drobysz and Hassan Elbahtimy discuss the return of consensus over the safeguards resolution during the 2013 General Conference of the IAEA.
 
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Oct 07 2013, 10:29 PM

Scott Spence, VERTIC Senior Legal Officer, gave a presentation today on the national implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1540 at the 129th Assembly of the Interparliamentary Union.  

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Oct 02 2013, 12:30 AM
In this issue, David Cliff addresses the practical implementation of the deal to rid Syria of its chemical warfare agents while Yasemin Balci considers legal issues surrounding the possession and use of these weapons in Syria. Plus: Verification Watch, Science & Technology Scan, VERTIC News and a special expanded edition of Verification Quotes.
 
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Sep 24 2013, 5:07 PM
Followers of VERTIC's work and fields of activity may be interested to note that a book addressing 'dual-use' technologies has recently been released, edited by Oliver Meier.
 
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Sep 23 2013, 4:50 PM
Last week, a delegation of VERTIC staff members travelled to Vienna, Austria, to attend the annual IAEA General Conference. The event is the occasion during which various resolutions are debated, national statements heard and matters such as the composition of the IAEA Board of Governors and the organisation's budget agreed upon.
 
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Sep 06 2013, 11:37 AM

VERTIC Senior Legal Officer, Scott Spence, discussed Syria on 6 September, on a panel at the Fourth Summer Programme on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction, held at the T.M.C. Asser Institute for International Law in The Hague, the Netherlands, from 2 to 6 September 2013.  

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Sep 06 2013, 12:54 PM
On Friday 6 September the VERTIC executive director, Andreas Persbo, delivered a presentation at the Czech foreign ministry in Prague at a conference on 'Global Zero and Beyond: Theory, Politics and Regional Perspectives'.
 
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Aug 30 2013, 6:07 PM
Today, as UN inspectors continue to investigate allegations of chemical weapons use in Syria, VERTIC is releasing a briefing paper addressing the tools and technologies used in the identification of chemical warfare agents in the aftermath of alleged attacks.
 
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Aug 16 2013, 6:10 PM
In the new VERTIC blog post, Ariane Jugieux looks at the impending visit of the UN chemical weapons investigation team to Syria.
 
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Aug 16 2013, 1:50 PM

Today, VERTIC has released a briefing paper on the IAEA’s safeguards function. 

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Aug 01 2013, 2:16 PM

Andreas Persbo had the pleasure of serving his second term as the Director-General of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). He played the role in a simulation set up by the CTBTO’s Capacity Development Initiative (CDI).

Read his account here.

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Jul 18 2013, 3:39 PM

This week's blog post provides an update on the EU CBRN Centres of Excellence (CoE). VERTIC's NIM programme is currently leading the implementation of one CoE project and contributing to another. 

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Jul 12 2013, 4:46 PM
In this week's blog post, as the Iranian nuclear crisis rumbles on, Ariane Jugieux looks at rumours of upcoming talks between the country and the IAEA.
 
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Jul 08 2013, 4:58 PM

In this week's blog post, Sonia Drobysz highlights the discussions on strengthening the international nuclear security legal framework during the IAEA International Conference on Nuclear Security.

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Jul 05 2013, 11:18 PM

VERTIC Senior Legal Officer, Scott Spence, and Legal Officer, Sonia Drobysz, participated in the IAEA Nuclear Security Conference during 1-5 July. The conference took place at IAEA Headquarters at the Vienna International Centre, with over 1300 registered participants from 125 countries and 21 intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations.  

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Jul 02 2013, 4:03 PM
In this issue, Dr Itshak Lederman recalls his experience in setting up the CTBTO on-site inspection training programme, Ambassador Jo Adamson discusses the recently agreed Arms Trade Treaty and prospects for its implementation, and Lord Browne of Ladyton puts forward arguments for multilateral nuclear disarmament. Plus: Verification Watch, Science & Technology Scan, Verification Quotes and VERTIC News.
 
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Jun 28 2013, 3:17 PM

In this week's blog post Russel Moul discusses climate change monitoring systems and the impact of impending budget cuts.

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Jun 20 2013, 11:31 AM

In this week's blog post, Sonia Drobysz discusses the latest attempts in the US to implement several international nuclear security instruments into domestic law.  

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Jun 13 2013, 11:55 AM

 In this week's blog post, Angela Woodward considers the role for civil society in oversight of WMD legislation.

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Jun 10 2013, 12:35 PM
In the new VERTIC blog post, Alberto Muti looks at continuing discussions over what might replace the US Cooperative Threat Reduction programme.
 
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May 31 2013, 6:19 PM
Larry MacFaul and Hassan Elbahtimy attended the 5th plenary of the Forum of Nuclear Regulatory Bodies in Africa (FNRBA) in Hammamet, Tunisia, between 21 and 24 May.
 
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May 31 2013, 1:11 PM
In this week's blog post, Russell Moul looks at fresh allegations of chemical weapons use in Syria.
 
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May 30 2013, 11:39 AM

Somalia has deposited its instrument of accession to the Chemical Weapon's Convention (CWC) with the UN Secretary General and will become a State Party as of 29 June 2013. This will bring the membership of the CWC to 189 States. Congratulations to Somalia!

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May 20 2013, 4:03 PM

Last Friday, Andreas Persbo delivered a presentation to the Open Ended Working Group on Multilateral Disarmament, which is presently convening in Geneva, Switzerland.

 

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May 17 2013, 12:16 PM
Today, VERTIC has released a briefing paper on Iran's nuclear fuel cycle.
 
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May 10 2013, 1:31 PM
In this week's blog post, Alberto Muti looks at Egypt's recent walkout from the NPT PrepCom, and the country's historical role in the NPT process.
 

 

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May 03 2013, 6:01 PM

In this week's blog post, Katherine Tajer considers CISPA and the future of cybersecurity law. Read the post here.

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Apr 25 2013, 5:18 PM

VERTIC co-organized joint universality workshops in Angola with the British Embassy to Angola and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. The workshops, which had the objective of advancing Angola’s accession to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC), took place on 22 and 23 April in Luanda.

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Apr 25 2013, 4:30 PM
In this week's blog post, Sonia Drobysz looks at the 2nd session of NPT PrepCom, currently underway in Geneva.
 
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Apr 25 2013, 12:49 PM
VERTIC has today released its newest briefing paper, 'Nuclear disarmament verification: the case for multilateralism'.
 
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Apr 19 2013, 12:24 PM
VERTIC's fact sheet on 'National Implementation Measures for the IAEA Additional Protocol' is now available in French as well as English.
 
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Apr 18 2013, 6:18 PM
In this week's blog post, David Cliff looks at the finding of apparent proof that chemical weapons have been used in Syria—and at the now stalled UN investigation into the use of chemical weapons in Aleppo province.
 
 
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Apr 12 2013, 4:30 PM

Earlier this week, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace wrapped up their 15th bi-annual Nuclear Policy Conference. This conference, widely recognised to be one of the highlights on the nuclear arms control and disarmament agenda, spans two days and attracts some 800 participants from 46 countries. The conference was lively. Printing off all Twitter comments alone would consume at least 100 pages of paper.

Read the full blog post here.

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Apr 12 2013, 10:56 AM

The Third Review Conference of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) is being held in the World Forum in The Hague, the Netherlands during 8-19 April. States Parties to the CWC have gathered to discuss the operation of the Convention and to take decisions on a number of matters critical to its future. Items on the agenda are the deadline for the destruction of chemical weapons, verification of the Convention, achieving its universality, the status of its national implementation, and international cooperation and development. 

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Apr 11 2013, 12:50 PM

Malawi deposited its instrument of ratification in Washington DC on 2 April 2013, becoming a State Party to the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) and bringing the membership of the BWC to 170. Congratulations Malawi!

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Apr 05 2013, 6:38 PM
In this week's blog post, VERTIC Consultant Russell Moul assesses what's known and unknown about North Korea's nuclear activities and capabilities.
 
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Apr 05 2013, 1:32 PM
On Thursday 4 April, VERTIC Programme Manager David Keir was interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s science magazine show, ‘Material World’, to discuss recent events in North Korea.
 
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Apr 04 2013, 7:43 PM
In this issue, Hassan Elbahtimy and David Keir discuss seismic and infrasound detections of the recent North Korean nuclear test and Russian meteor strike. Plus: Verification Watch, Science & Technology Scan, Verification Quotes and VERTIC News.
 
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Mar 28 2013, 12:25 PM
In this week's blog post, David Cliff looks at recent claims and counter-claims of chemical weapons use in Syria's ongoing civil war.
 
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Mar 27 2013, 8:48 AM

Guyana deposited its instrument of ratification in Washington DC on 26 March 2013, becoming a State Party to the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) and bringing the membership of the BWC to 169. Congratulations Guyana! 

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Mar 24 2013, 1:20 PM
In this week's blog post, Larry MacFaul looks at the recent cyber-attack on South Korea, and the difficulties of attribution that such attacks pose.
 
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Mar 14 2013, 2:33 PM

Shortly before Christmas 2012, I was present at a luncheon hosted by the London embassy of the Republic of Korea. A few hours earlier that day the DPRK had launched, and publicised the launch of, a space rocket apparently capable of delivering a nuclear warhead which, as far as the diners knew at the time, North Korea still did not possess in a developed form. Despite bellicose comments from some around the table, the arguments around the lunch table were evenly divided between ‘this changes nothing’ and ‘we are witnessing the birth of a new nuclear weapon-owning state.’

Read the full blog post by David Keir with Andreas Persbo here.

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Mar 07 2013, 7:27 PM

VERTIC's NIM Team has added legislation from Morocco related to national implementation of the Biological Weapons Convention to VERTIC's BWC Legislation Database.

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Mar 07 2013, 2:11 PM
In this week's blog post, David Cliff looks back 25 years to the Halabja poison gas attack—and forward to the possibility that a similar attack could take place in Syria today.
 
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Mar 06 2013, 12:16 PM

Nauru deposited its instrument of accession in Washington DC on 5 March 2013, becoming a State Party to the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) and bringing the membership of the BWC to 168.

 

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Mar 03 2013, 10:22 PM

Andreas Persbo travelled to Berlin, Germany, on 21-22 February 2013 to deliver remarks to the the Berlin Framework Forum: Creating the Conditions and Building the Framework for a Nuclear Weapons-Free World.

 

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Mar 01 2013, 12:53 PM
In this week's blog post, Katherine Tajer looks at allegations of Chinese cyber-attacks in the wake of the release of the so-called Mandiant Report.
 
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Feb 21 2013, 3:46 PM

In this week's blog post David Keir reflects on the infrasound detection capability of the CTBT monitoring system and the meteor which entered the Earth's atmosphere over Russia on 15 February 2013.

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Feb 20 2013, 1:16 PM

VERTIC seeks a multi-skilled Office Manager or Administrator who is enthusiastic about the challenge of working in a dynamic and expanding non-governmental organisation. In the last few years, the organisation has experienced growth in activities and staffing mostly associated with start-up ventures.

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Feb 18 2013, 8:02 PM

VERTIC's Senior Legal Officer, Scott Spence, participated in a Biological Weapons Convention seminar in Bogota during 14-15 February.

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Feb 15 2013, 4:04 PM

The Preparatory Commission of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organisation released today an updated estimate on DPRK's test.

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Feb 14 2013, 8:11 PM

On 12 February 2013, the DPRK announced that it had conducted its third nuclear test. Hours before the announcement, however, data started to flow from various monitoring stations indicating seismic activity in North Korea. This gave considerable credibility to the assertion that the DPRK conducted an explosive test possibly of a nuclear nature.

Read the full post here.

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Feb 12 2013, 5:30 PM

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea conducted a nuclear test at noon local time today, according to an official announcement by its state-run news agency.

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Feb 07 2013, 12:47 PM

In this week's blog post, Yasemin Balci looks at the chemical weapons case of Bond v United States, which will be heard by the US Supreme Court on appeal. 

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Feb 01 2013, 11:59 AM

VERTIC's NIM Team has added legislation from Lebanon related to national implementation of the Biological Weapons Convention to VERTIC's BWC Legislation Database.
 

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Jan 31 2013, 6:56 PM
In this week's blog post, David Cliff looks at fears that the Syrian civil war could spark a wider conflict as it spills into the UN-monitored ceasefire zone in the Golan Heights.
 
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Jan 30 2013, 5:41 PM
Today, VERTIC has released a factsheet on national implementation measures for the IAEA Additional Protocol. The document outlines the origins and evolution of the Additional Protocol, what its key features are, and how states can bring the instrument into force.
 
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Jan 25 2013, 1:59 AM
Cyber security is now a key priority in many countries’ national policy agendas and its importance to states will continue to grow into the foreseeable future. The fundamentally transboundary nature of cyber space means that a considerable portion of government, and other stakeholders’, efforts needs to be put into identifying and agreeing to rules of the road that enable the opportunities cyber space has to offer to be fully realised and its potential for disruption to be minimised.
 
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Jan 24 2013, 9:44 AM

Cameroon deposited its instrument of accession in Washington DC on 18 January 2013, becoming a State Party to the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) and bringing the membership of the BWC to 167.

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Jan 16 2013, 2:36 PM

Scott Spence, VERTIC’s Senior Legal Officer, attended the ‘UNSCR 1540 Civil Society Forum - Opportunities for Engagement’, which took place in the Vienna International Centre (the VIC) during 8-10 January. He reflects on this important event in this week’s blog post.

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Jan 10 2013, 7:50 PM

In this week's blog post, Russell Moul revisits the question of Syria's chemical weapons and muses on verification options.

Read the full post here.

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Jan 10 2013, 11:25 AM

VERTIC wishes to make up to two appointments to its National Implementation Measures (NIM) Programme at either the Associate Legal Officer, Legal Officer or Senior Legal Officer grade, depending on the post-holder’s qualifications, skills and experience. 

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Jan 09 2013, 12:07 PM

Scott Spence, VERTIC's Senior Legal Officer, presented today at the UNSCR 1540 Civil Society Forum - Opportunities for Engagement. 

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Jan 08 2013, 5:50 PM
VERTIC's NIM Team has added legislation from Nigeria related to national implementation of the Biological Weapons Convention to VERTIC's BWC Legislation Database.

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Jan 04 2013, 8:02 PM
In this issue, Jesus S. Domingo discusses the impact of the BWC 'Superweek' on cooperation and coordination in the East Asia & Pacific region and beyond. Plus, Verification Watch, Science & Technology Scan, Verification Quotes, Publications and Events, and VERTIC News.
 
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