Toxic Terror

Toxic Terror Assessing the Terrorist Use of Chemical and Biological Weapons - BCSIA Studies in International Security

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Publisher's Synopsis

Policymakers, scholars and the news media have been alarmed by the potential for chemical and biological weapons (CBW) terrorism, and the US Congress has allocated billions of dollars for counterterrorism and "consequence management" programmes. Driving these concerns are the global spread of scientific knowledge and technology relevant to CBW terrorism and the vulnerability of civilian populations to chemical and biological attack.;Notably lacking from the analysis, however, has been a careful assessment of the terrorists themselves. What types of terrorist groups or individuals are both capable of acquiring chemical and biological weapons and motivated to use them, and for what purposes? Further, what types of toxic agents would probably be produced, and how would they be delivered?;Answers to these questions would enable policymakers to prepare for the most likely contingencies. To this end, "Toxic Terror" provides in-depth case studies of 12 terrorist groups and individuals who, from 1946 to 1998, allegedly acquired or employed CBW agents. The cases were researched from primary sources, including court documents, interviews and declassified government files.;By comparing the 12 cases, the book identifies characteristic motivations and patterns of behaviour associated with CBW terrorism and provides an empirical basis for prudent, cost-effective strategies of prevention and response.

Book information

ISBN: 9780262201285
Publisher: MIT Press
Imprint: The MIT Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 363.320973
DEWEY edition: 21
Language: English
Number of pages: 303
Weight: 430g
Height: 229mm
Width: 152mm
Spine width: 21mm