Security and Transhuman Futures….

Security and Transhuman Futures….

In this piece, Tom Hobson (PhD Candidate in International Security, University of Bath) reflects on the ethical and political implications of imagined trans-human futures, facilitated by technological advances. Such work goes beyond a narrower range of security concerns which have so far preoccupied states and civil-society working in arms control forums. What follows is a … Continue reading

Bio-inspired weapons

Bio-inspired weapons

In recent weeks, I have been reflecting on the relationship between the specific international prohibition covering toxins and disease – and the idea of biologically inspired weapon systems (which generally speaking are not prohibited under international law). Such relationships are not unconsidered- indeed a 2010 report from the Center for Technology and National Security Policy … Continue reading

Nuclear weapons and the ‘Letter of last resort’: what my students think

Originally posted on Norman Paterson School of International Affairs:
By Jez Littlewood NPSIA’s disarmament, arms control and non-proliferation course began last week (INAF 5201). Once the administrative side of the first class was completed I began the class with the 2015 Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists What would happen if an 800-kiloton nuclear warhead detonated…

UN report holds Assad responsible for chemical attacks – but don’t expect justice any time soon

Brett Edwards, University of Bath and Mattia Cacciatori, University of Bath A United Nations mandated investigatory body has officially implicated the Syrian Air Force in chemical weapon (CW) attacks in Syria. The report also accuses the Islamic State (IS) of one CW attack – but, in a depressingly predictable turn of events, those findings which … Continue reading