Destroying Syria’s Chemical Weapons: One Year Later
Among the many atrocities of the Syrian civil war, the use of chemical weapons stands out as particularly brutal. The Assad regime's accession to the Chemical Weapons Convention last year and the subsequent destruction of its declared chemical arsenal has helped reduce the risk of chemical weapons use again in that region. Destroying that arsenal quickly, securely and safely in a war-torn country, however, presented huge challenges. The U.S. role in mobilizing and coordinating the international response, as well as in the operational destruction of hundreds of tons of dangerous chemicals aboard the U.S. M/V Cape Ray, was a key factor in the success of the operation.
Please join us on September 10th as we look at how the United States helped rid Syria of chemical weapons and the lessons learned.
Mr. Thomas Countryman
Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation
Ms. Laura Holgate
Senior Director, WMD Terrorism & Threat Reduction at the National Security Council
Ms. Jennifer Smith
Director, Threat Reduction Program Oversight, U.S. Department of Defense
Ms. Sharon Squassoni
Director and Senior Fellow, Proliferation Prevention Program, CSIS
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