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UNODA Occasional Papers No.5: Terrorism and Disarmament, October 2001

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The Department for Disarmament Affairs, renamed United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs in 2007 (UNODA) Occasional Papers is a series of ad hoc publications presenting, in edited form, papers or statements made at meetings, symposiums, seminars, workshops or lectures that deal with topical issues in the field of arms limitation, disarmament and international security. They are intended primarily for those concerned with these matters in Government, civil society and in the academic community.

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Introduction

The role of non-state actors, asymmetric warfare and the threat of terrorism with weapons of mass destruction have been the subjects of discussions within the disarmament community for many years. Speculation ended abruptly on 11 September when knives, boxcutters and hijacked fuel-laden commercial planes were used by suicidal fanatics to attack the United States. It is incumbent on the international community to ensure that such an abhorrent act never happens again and that global institutions are strengthened to cooperate as a human family against such common threats.

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