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Defence and Security

Ousting Foreign Strongmen

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Ousting Foreign Strongmen. Are there lessons the West can learn from Milosevic's downfall? The US and others funnelled aid to the Serbian opposition and civic groups in a well designed foreign policy program. However, Thomas Carothers of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace warns that the policy may not be easily transferable. Other possible targets, such as Zimbabwe, Belarus and Iraq, lack the vibrant civic society and the previous experience of the rule of law which existed in Serbia.

 

By Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, US.

Defense Policy Resource.


Chemical Weapons Convention

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Chemical Weapons Convention. It is four years since the Chemical Weapons Convention came into force. This report examines the strengths and weaknesses of the current chemical disarmament regime. Severe weaknesses in that regime are undermining efforts to identify and destroy stockpiles of chemical weapons. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (the treaty enforcing body) faces a large budgetary shortfall, several states such as Israel and North Korea have refused to sign the treaty, and signatories have sometimes failed to comply with the CWC. By Jonathan B. Tucker.

 

By Monterey Institute of International Studies, US.

Defense Policy Resource.