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Chemical Weapons in the Middle East: Accountability and Deterrence

May 18, 2016 • 2:00 – 4:00 pm EDT

In March 2016, the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) released a report describing the toll on the Syrian population from chemical attacks: 161 chemical attacks, with 14,581 victims, and at least 1,141 deaths since 2012. Will the use of these weapons inspire more use and proliferation - of not only chemical weapons but perhaps even more deadly weapons - or will it galvanize the international community to stiffen its resolve to prevent proliferation and hold those who use these weapons accountable? Please join the CSIS International Security Program for a panel discussion on the prospects for curbing chemical weapons use and exploring mechanisms for accountability.

Wa'el Alzayat
Senior Policy Advisor to the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations

Dr. Mohamad Katoub
Turkey Advocacy Manager, Syrian American Medical Society

Shaun Coughlin
Foreign Affairs Officer, Office of Global Criminal Justice, State Department

Robert Friedman
Attorney-Adviser, Legal Adviser's Office for Nonproliferation and Arms Control, State Department

Moderated by:
Rebecca Hersman
Director, Project on Nuclear Issues, and Senior Adviser, International Security Program, CSIS

Rebecca Hersman