CBWNet Hosted Workshop on Terrorism with Chemical and Biological Weapons

CBWNet network coordinator Dr. Alexander Kelle hosted an international expert workshop on challenges from and responses to CBW terrorism in Berlin on 1 and 2 February.

Following a welcome address by Dr. Alexander Kelle focusing on the duality of regime norms in the context of CBW terrorism, Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü delivered the keynote speech, drawing on his experience as OPCW Director General from 2010 to 2018.

This was followed by a presentation by Dr. Bernhard Blumenau, University of St. Andrews, providing an overview of the historical evolution of terrorism and multilateral responses.
Day two of the workshop started with a panel bringing together practitioners perspectives on dealing with CBW terrorism, with presentations by Dr. Ralf Trapp on OPCW involvement in the global fight against terrorism after 9-11, by Dr. Stefan Mogl on the investigations of CW terrorism by the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism, and Christos Eleftheriou on the role of INTERPOL in chemical security.

Two further panels on terrorism with CW and BW provided insights into threat perceptions and policy responses at BWC review conferences (Dr. Elisabeth Hoffberger-Pippan, PRIF) as well as at CWC review conferences (Dr. Alexander Kelle, IFSH), industry perspectives on chemical terrorism (Dr. Detlef Männig), and science and technology as a factor in BW terrorism (Dr. Anna Krin and Dr. Gunnar Jeremias, ZNF, University of Hamburg).