The global disarmament forum that developed the convention on chemical weapons gained a new leader Monday: Syria. Understandably, the move to recognize a regime accused of widespread chemical attacks against its own people in this way has gone down badly, with one American diplomat labelling it “one of the darkest days in the history” of the forum.

Syria took over Monday as the head of the Conference on Disarmament, an international arms control forum that meets at the Palais des Nations, the home of the United Nations in Switzerland, Geneva. Continue reading.