Dating back to WWI, the international community has recognized and made efforts to prevent the spread and use of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs). Binding international agreements made with the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, the Biological Weapons and Toxic Convention, and the Chemical Weapons Convention have formed the foundation of a nonproliferation regime. But more recently, the rising threat of dual-use biotechnology has become apparent. Globalization and innovation have resulted in a rising number of technologies with both a peaceful civilian application and the potential for military use. These dual-use technologies are not so clearly defined or as easily regulated as traditional WMDs. The United States and the international community must recognize the growing threat of dual-use biotechnology and take steps to limit its proliferation.
Check out the analysis paper here: The Rising Threat of Dual-Use Biotechnology
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