How do States Parties demonstrate compliance in the BTWC?

News - 1 October, 2014

As those involved in WMD non-proliferation will know, verification and compliance issues in the BTWC have a troubled history. Nonetheless there is a general recognition that the Convention needs to have some better tools to enable its States Parties to demonstrate their compliance. How then can the topic be approached, and what specific effective strategies […]

Sir Mark Walport’s speech from our Dual use biology conference

News - 19 September, 2013

On Sunday 15 September, Sir Mark Walport, Chief Scientific Adviser to HM Government at the Government Office for Science, made a keynote speech at our conference. You can read a copy of his speech below. Dual use biology: how to balance open science with security Sunday 15 – Wednesday 18 September 2013 (WP1260) “Thank you for […]

Biological & Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC)

News - 30 September, 2011

  Dr Mark Smith, Programme Director  writes: In December, the Biological & Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC), the worlds main institution for fighting the use of disease as a weapon, will convene in Geneva for its Seventh Review Conference. In common with the other WMD regimes, the BTWC has these reviews on a five-yearly basis, meaning that […]

Is science going faster than policy?

News - 14 January, 2011

  Richard Burge, Chief Executive, writes: Has the pace of scientific discovery and change overhauled the capacities of the non-proliferation regimes set up to guard us from the perils of biological and toxic weapons?    The past six months have seen participants here at Wilton Park reiterate that concern, one that has featured constantly in […]