Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts Compliance or Defiance: Assessing the Durability of the Chemical Weapons Convention

Compliance or Defiance: Assessing the Durability of the Chemical Weapons Convention

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About the Event

Nearly three decades after its signing, new questions have arisen about Russian and Iranian compliance with the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). To discuss the treaty's significance and continued viability, FPRI has composed a panel of key former senior and working-level representatives who participated in finalizing the CWC and establishing the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Panelists will discuss game-changing scientific and technological developments that impact the treaty, the status of the international norm against the use of chemical weapons, and the level of current Russian and Iranian compliance. FPRI's Aaron Stein will moderate this conversation. He will be joined by former negotiators Lisa Bronson, Gaetano Thomas Cataldo, Ronald Lehman, Joshua Segal, Ralf Trapp, and John Walker.


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Lisa Bronson

Lisa Bronson - Ms. Lisa Bronson has been a member of the National War College faculty since August 2005.  Her areas of focus include National Security Strategy Development and Decision Making, International Negotiations, Alternative Futures Analysis/Scenario Planning, Adult Learning, and WMD Proliferation.

Gaetano “Tom” Cataldo

Gaetano “Tom” Cataldo - Gaetano “Tom” Cataldo served the U.S. government for over 36 years, combining careers in the U.S. Army, the Joint Staff, the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He was also an employee of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ Technical Secretariat.

Ronald F. Lehman II

Ronald F. Lehman II - The Honorable Ronald F. Lehman II is the Counselor to the Director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. For the State Department, Lehman Chairs the Governing Board of the International Science ...

Joshua Segal

Joshua Segal - A veteran of over 30 years in the arms control and nonproliferation communities, Dr. Joshua E. Segal is currently a free-lance senior national security consultant for information warfare, arms control, and hybrid warfare strategies in Washington, DC.

Ralf Trapp

Ralf Trapp - Ralf Trapp is an independent consultant on chemical and biological weapons arms control. A chemist and toxicologist by training, he worked with the GDR Academy of Sciences in the field of chemical toxicology between 1978 and 1990.

Dr. John R. Walker

Dr. John R. Walker - Dr. John R. Walker was Head of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Arms Control and Disarmament Research Unit (ACDRU) from December 2014 to May 2020 when he retired from the FCO. He joined ACDRU in March 1985.

Aaron Stein

Aaron Stein - Aaron Stein is the President of the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI).