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Chemical and biological weapons

Military exercise for radiation accidents in Bolsoi Kamen, Russia, 2013
Military exercise for radiation accidents in Bolsoi Kamen, Russia, 2013. Photo: Kovalenko Alexander

SIPRI works on chemical and biological security, with a focus on the role and responsibility of the Swedish biomedical research community in preventing acts of mass impact terrorism and disease surveillance and response in Asia. We also look at legal, technical and historical aspects of the implementation of international prohibitions against chemical warfare, including the verification of non-production of chemical weapons within the chemical industry and national defence research establishments, and the security implications of dual-use research and technologies in the life sciences. 

Research staff

Dr John Hart is Head of the Chemical and Biological Security Project.
Dr Peter Clevestig is Senior Researcher in the SIPRI Arms Control and Non-proliferation Programme (on leave of absence).
Kyunghye Lee is an Intern in the Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-proliferation Programme.