This Winter’s edition of T&V opens with two lead articles on a US perspective on mitigating risks related to military assistance to Ukraine and the UNSGM Capstone Exercise. The rest of the edition covers a wide range of topics, from the Review Conferences of the BWC and NPT to post-quantum cryptography.
Arming Ukraine and how to mitigate risks of illicit diversion of weapons and conflict escalation: a US perspective
The first lead article, written by Gabriela Iveliz Rosa Hernández explores risks for the US from security assistance to Ukraine and ways to mitigate them. It addresses the issues of possible arms diversion and how to avoid escalation.
The UNSGM Capstone Exercise: Simulating a biological weapons investigation
The second lead article by Stefan Kloth, Anja Blasse, Ines Miceli and Ines Mergler addresses the United Nations Secretary-General’s Mechanism for Investigation of Alleged Use of Chemical and Biological Weapons (UNSGM). The authors provide an overview of the Capstone Exercise, a 10-day field exercise in September 2022 to simulate a mission under the UNSGM.
Verification Watch opens with an article by Senior Researcher Noel Stott, who provides commentary on the 10th NPT Review Conference. Co-Programme Director Grant Christopher, then closes the section with an exploration of modelling of North Korea’s enrichment programme.
Implementation Watch features an article by Co-Programme Director Sonia Drobysz and Legal Officer Thomas Brown detailing the work of the NIM programme in support of BWC implementation between the 8th and 9th BWC Review Conferences. Then, Thomas provides an overview of a new project addressing misconceptions about chemical and biological weapons and related legal frameworks.
Science & Technology Scan
Grant Christopher contributes an article to this edition of Science & Technology Scan in which he outlines updates on the latest developments in post-quantum cryptography.
Plus, Centre News, outlining the latest updates from across the programmes.