Use and Non-Use of Chemical Weapons: The Post-World War II Years

  • Victor A. Utgoff


The SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute) study, The Problem of Chemical and Biological Warfare (1971) lists 16 instances in which chemical weapons are at least alleged to have been used since the end of World War II. The list has since expanded to over twenty, with reports of chemical weapons use in Ethiopia, Afghanistan and South-East Asia, and in the war between Iraq and Iran. Some of these allegations are clearly spurious, but a few have been proven beyond reasonable doubt. Because they play critical roles in the continuing debate on CW, several of these occurrences are discussed below.


Nerve Agent Chemical Attack Chemical Weapon Irritant Agent Lethal Agent 
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© Victor A. Utgoff 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Victor A. Utgoff
    • 1
  1. 1.Strategy, Forces and Resources DivisionInstitute for Defense AnalysesAlexandriaUSA

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