An inaugural report released April 8 by the OPCW's new Investigation and Identification Team (IIT) attributes a series of chemical weapons attacks in Syria in March 2017 to the Syrian Air Force. The new OPCW team has a mandate to assign responsibility for chemical attacks identified by the OPCW's Fact-Finding Mission reports that were not investigated by the United Nations-OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism, which was dissolved in 2017.
New families of chemical agents soon will be explicitly prohibited by the Chemical Weapons Convention.
Russia invokes a rare UN process to question chemical weapons claims in Syria.
U.S. Begins Destroying Last Batch of Sarin
The treaty to prohibit chemical weapons is nearing completion of some of its core goals, but a range of political and compliance challenges threaten the regime.
CWC States Update List of Banned Chemicals
Dr. Paul F. Walker, international program director with Green Cross International (and vice chair of the Arms Control Association board of directors) offered the following comments to the CSP-24 in November.
U.S. Alleges New Syrian Chlorine Attack
Russia Challenges Changes to CWC
A number of international bodies have been engaged in investigating alleged chemical weapons use in Syria, although attribution and accountability gaps remain to be filled.