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Farewell to WMD: The Language and Science of Mass Destruction

Enemark, Christian


This article critically assesses the ongoing use of the term �weapons of mass destruction� (WMD) in policy and academic discourse. Nuclear, biological and chemical weapons are commonly lumped together as WMD, but such conflation is misleading from a technological viewpoint and renders the term vulnerable to political manipulation. There are important scientific and strategic differences between weapon types, and glossing over these leads to confusion in accurately assessing and effectively...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Contemporary Security Policy
DOI: 10.1080/13523260.2011.590362


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