Analysis Of The Article ' Syrian Chemical Weapons Destruction : Taking Stock And Looking Ahead '

1531 Words Oct 24th, 2016 7 Pages
When you turn on the news lately you cannot help but hear about the conflict in Syria. Syria’s use of chemical weapons on civilians has been very controversial over the last four years. This paper analyzes an article that discusses how Syria became a part of the Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the resistance that the OPCW faced during the inspection of Syria, the cost to disarm Syria and how despite the claim that 98% of the stockpile has been destroyed, how canisters of Sarin and chlorine were discovered and what that means for future inspections of the OPCW.
Syria’s Accession to OPCW
The article “Syrian Chemical Weapons Destruction: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead” was written by Paul Walker and published in the December of 2014 issue of Arms Control Today. When this article was written the world was hopeful that Syria was on it’s way to compliance and that its history of abusing its citizens with the use of chemical weapons was a thing of the past. Their reluctant admission to the CWC came after the massive night sarin attack in Ghouta that claimed the lives of over 1400 people, hundreds of which were children. Syria made a formal accession to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and became a member of the OPCW as a result of the political intervention of Russia, evading U.S military strikes to their chemical weapons program. This Article highlights that the accession to the OPCW was mere to avoid consequence for their actions, rather than…

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