Media Advisory from the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation
For Immediate Release
March 27, 2003
Contact: Molly Pickett, 202-546-0795 ext. 119
Steve LaMontagne, 202-546-0795 ext. 100
Dr. Jonathan Tucker, U.S. Institute of Peace, 202-429-3875
Elisa Harris, University of Maryland, 301-405-8676
Experts Advise Congress on Chemical and Biological Weapons Use in Iraq
WASHINGTON, DC – This week, the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation hosted weapons experts Elisa Harris and Jonathan Tucker at a briefing for Congressional staff on key chemical and biological weapons issues related to the war in Iraq.
Their key observations included:
To reduce these proliferation risks, Dr. Tucker recommends that the United States act to seal the Iraqi border, and to engage Iraqi weapons specialists in peaceful pursuits. He suggests creating a program similar to the International Science and Technology Center in Moscow, which supports basic research projects for former Soviet scientists.
Dr. Jonathan Tucker is director of the Chemical and Biological Weapons Nonproliferation Program at the Monterey Institute’s Center for Non-Proliferation Studies and is a 2002-2003 Senior Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace. He was an UNSCOM biological weapons inspector in Iraq in 1995.
Ms. Elisa Harris is a research fellow at the Center for International and Security Studies at the University of Maryland and a former National Security Council official.
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