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Disarmament: A Basic Guide

Fourth Edition

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Conceived as a comprehensive introduction to a field central to the work of the United Nations, Disarmament: A Basic Guide aims to provide a useful overview of the nuanced challenges of building a more peaceful world in the twenty-first century. It was written with the general reader in mind and it strives to be accessible without downplaying the complexity of the issues it explores. This fourth edition includes updated figures, tables and treaty statuses; new analysis of the key developments since 2012; discussion of two recently agreed legal instruments, the Arms Trade Treaty and the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons; and a new chapter on emerging threats from cyber weaponry, unmanned combat aerial vehicles and lethal autonomous weapons systems.

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Biological weapons

Biological warfare and bioterrorism involve the deliberate use of biological agents (such as viruses and bacteria) as weapons against humans, animals or plants. In addition to causing serious illness and death, the use of such weapons could result in widespread disruption and immense economic harm. Rapid advances in life sciences and the globalization of biotechnology make this an area of growing concern.

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