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Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism
Ashgate Publishing, December 2004, Pages: 404
Weapons of Mass Destruction received attention before the events of September 11th 2001, but much more concerted interest dates to March 1995 when Aum Shinrikyo, a Japanese religious cult carried out an attack on the Tokyo subway, killing twelve and injuring five thousand. But for an element of technical incapacity, the casualty figures would have been much greater.
WMD terrorism is a low-probability, but it is also a high-consequence threat, for the harm caused by even one successful act would be profound, not only in terms of lives lost.
The conventional, low-technology terrorism of the past has exercised a social and political impact far out of proportion with the casualties it has caused. The massive, indiscriminate destruction caused by an act of WMD terrorism similarly would have disproportionate social, political, economic and strategic effects.
Twenty-nine articles are republished here exploring the issue of WMDs and key questions raised about terrorism, its definition, objects, motivation, whether there is a different species of it emerging in the aftermath of the close of the Cold War, preparedness and the means of prevention.
Andrew ONeil (2003), Terrorist use of weapons of mass destruction: how serious is the threat?
Jeffry L. Anderson, Eric Gordon, Stephen A. Levine, Roger Morrison and Michael E. Rosenbaum (2002), Hypothetical integrative medical strategies for the prevention and treatment of bio-terrorism incidents
Gabrielle Hecht (2003), Globalization meets Frankenstein? reflections on terrorism, nuclearity, and global technopolitical discourse
R. Havlak, S.E. Gorman and S.A. Adams (2002), Challenges associated with creating a pharmaceutical stockpile to respond to a terrorist event
R. Roffrey, K. Lantorp, A. Tegnell and F. Elgh (2002), Biological weapons and bioterrorism preparedness: importance of public-health awareness and international cooperation
Charles L. Mercier, jr (1997), Terrorists, WMD and the US army reserve
Jeffrey Richelson (2002), Defusing nuclear terror
Michael Barletta, Amy Sands and Jonathan B. Tucker, (2002) Keeping track of Anthrax: the case of a biosecurity convention
Richard A. Falkenrath (1998), Confronting nuclear, biological and chemical terrorism
Christopher F. Chyba (2001), Biological terrorism and public health
Richard J. Whitley (2003), Smallpox: a potential agent of bioterrorism
Joseph W. Foxell, jr (1997), The prospect of nuclear and biological terrorism
Michael I. Greenberg and Robert G. Hendrickson (2003) Report of the CIMERC*/Drexel University emergency department terrorism preparedness consensus panel
Joseph W. Foxell, jr (1999), Trends in bio-terrorism: two generations of potential weapons
Daniel S. Gressang IV (2001), Audience and message: assessing terrorist WMD potential
Kenneth C. Hyams, Frances M. Murphy and Simon Wessely (2002), Responding to chemical, biological, or nuclear terrorism: the indirect and long-term health effects may present the greatest challenge
James A. Romano, jr and James M. King (2002), Chemical warfare and chemical terrorism: psychological and performance outcomes
Richard G. Lugar (2002), Redefining NATOS mission: WMD terrorism
Steven Kuhr and Jerome M. Hauer (2001), The threat of biological terrorism in the new millennium
Jonathan D. Moreno (2002), Bioethics after the terror
Henry W. Fischer III (1999), Dimensions of biological terrorism: to what must we mitigate and respond?
Henry W. Fischer III (2000), Mitigation and response planning in a bio-terrorist attack
Karl-Heinz Kamp, Joseph F. Pilat, Jessica Stern and Richard Al Falkenrath (1998-99) WMD terrorism: an exchange
Jack Harris (1999). The threat of nuclear terrorism
Paul F. Deisler, jr (2002), A perspective: risk analysis as a tool for reducing the risks of terrorism
Jon B. Wolfsthal and Tom Z. Collina (2002), Nuclear terrorism and warhead control in Russia
Elizabeth L. Chalecki (2002), A new vigilance: identifying and reducing the risks of environmental terrorism
Aaron Weiss (2001), When terror strikes, who should respond?
Achilles Skordas (2001), Epilegomena to a silence: nuclear weapons, terrorism and the moment of concern