Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists – On March 1, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov proposed that the Geneva-based Conference on Disarmament should negotiate a convention for the suppression of acts of chemical terrorism. Lavrov placed the proposal, which came as a surprise to many, in the context of continued chemical weapons use in the Middle East. There are now dozens of confirmed cases of the use of chemical weapons in the region, including by non-state actors. There is a growing concern that Daesh (a.k.a. ISIS) has established its own chemical weapon production capacities. There can be no doubt that a debate on measures to prevent chemical terrorism is urgent. Continue reading