Weapons of Mass Destruction

A weapon of mass destruction (WMD) is a nuclear, radiological, chemical, biological, or any other weapon that can kill and bring significant harm to numerous humans or cause great damage to human-made structures (e.g., buildings), natural structures (e.g., mountains), or the biosphere. The scope and usage of the term has evolved and been disputed, often signifying more politically than technically. Originally coined in reference to aerial bombing with chemical explosives during World War II, it has later come to refer to large-scale weaponry of other technologies, such as chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear warfare.

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Americans’ views of key foreign policy goals depend on their attitudes toward …

Pew Research Center · 23 April 2021 English

Americans’ views on foreign policy priorities differ based on a number of factors, including their attitudes toward international engagement.

issues – such as preventing the spread of weapons of mass destruction – tends to reflect liberal internationalism abroad and preventing the spread of weapons of mass destruction should be top foreign policy goals.


Trump at war

AEI · 20 April 2021 English

Abstract Donald Trump campaigned on ending foreign wars. In his view, conflicts wasted American lives and treasure for nothing. Once in office, Trump set an end to U.S. involvement in …

civil war, stopping Assad’s use of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs), or protecting Syrian civilians


The Most Urgent North Korean Nuclear Threat Isn’t What You Think

CEIP · 15 April 2021 English

The most likely nuclear risk Pyongyang poses is spreading WMD technology in the Middle East.

entities sold technology for missiles or weapons of mass destruction (WMD) to buyers in the Middle East.


Neighbourhood and the world: Heading 6 of the 2021-2027 MFF

EPRS · 14 April 2021 English

In May 2018, the European Commission published its first proposal for the multiannual financial framework (MFF) for the 2021-2027 period, and a set of individual sectoral proposals. After months of …

actions to combat the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and small arms and light weapons and


Quantum Sensing's Potential Impacts on Strategic Deterrence and Modern Warfare

FPRI · 13 April 2021 English

communities considering the role of emerging technologies on strategic deterrence and countering weapons of mass destruction. The second aim is to present the potential warfighting implications of quantum sensing

strategic deterrence and countering weapons of mass destruction. The second aim is to present the potential University's Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction (CSWMD). Lawrence Rubin Lawrence Rubin


Unhappy 18th Anniversary: How an Unholy Pro‐​War Lobbying Alliance Pushed America Into …

Cato Institute · 30 March 2021 English

This anniversary provides an opportunity to examine the roles that the architects of the military intervention and their collaborators in the news media and the foreign policy community played.

vigorously expanding an arsenal of “weapons of mass destruction” – specifically, chemical and biological to Al Qaeda and the equally fictional weapons of mass destruction. Very few members of the foreign policy


Anti Money Laundering Package 2021

EPRS · 29 March 2021 English

Over the past three decades, the European Union has constantly improved its framework to fight money laundering and terrorist financing. Despite the constant improvements, the existing framework still suffers from …

financing of terrorism and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.28 In the EU context, these recommendations


Plenary round-up – March II 2021

EPRS · 26 March 2021 English

The highlight of the March II 2021 plenary session was the joint debate on the preparation of the European Council and Digital Green Certificates. A number of further joint debates …

alternative military use in, for example, weapons of mass destruction, or cyber-surveillance. EU-Africa strategy


The geo-economics and geopolitics of COVID-19: implications for European security

IISS · 16 March 2021 English

The coronavirus pandemic clearly presents a civil emergency and public-health crisis for most of the Euro-Atlantic community, and for the wider world. It will be responsible for deep and long-lasting …

happened a global pandemic or the use of weapons of mass destruction would over- ride them all. The 2015


Russia's armed forces: Defence capabilities and policy

EPRS · 10 March 2021 English

Reforms launched under Vladimir Putin have restored some of the Russian armed forces' former glory. Russia now has a streamlined, mobile and mostly professional military, equipped with modern weapons. The …

against Russian territory; the use of weapons of mass destruction; and attacks on critical Russian state


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