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Reassessing CBRN threats and their implications for East Asia

Reassessing CBRN threats and their implications for East Asia

The recent use of chemical weapons in conflict is only one of many developments that has underlined the fragile nature of existing arms control agreements. This workshop convened Japanese, Chinese, South Korean, European and United States experts from technical, legal and academic communities to re-evaluate the threats posed by weapons of mass destruction and hazardous materials in a changing global environment and, in particular, the implications for East Asia.

On the first panel, speakers examined how recent developments have changed the thinking about hazardous chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) materials, including the potential for effective law enforcement in response to attacks. The second panel engaged in concrete discussion on nuclear weapons and the challenges to strategic stability in East Asia. The third panel explored cooperation efforts in and with East Asian countries to mitigate the threats.

This event and report have been made possible with the support of the Japanese Government. Findings from this workshop and a series of essays from participating experts will appear in an edited volume in the spring of 2019. 


For inquiries, please contact to Ms Fei Su, Research Assistant, China and Global Security Programme, SIPRI, email: