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The Risk of Russian Chemical Weapons

April 07, 2022
Doreen Horschig


In analysis for Political Violence At A Glance, an IGCC-supported blog dedicated to political violence and its alternatives, Doreen Horschig, Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT’s Security Studies Program, analyzes Russia’s intentions and capabilities for using chemical agents in Ukraine, and how the West can respond.

Speculation that Russian President Vladimir Putin has or will use chemical weapons in Ukraine is growing. Russia’s efforts to block punishment for Syria’s use of chemical weapons confirms Putin’s sympathy for the weapons. And the Kremlin’s allegations of US chemical and biological weapons labs in Ukraine may end up serving as a pretense for Russia to use chemical weapons.

What is known about the intentions and capabilities of Russia to use chemical agents in Ukraine?

Read the full blog post at Political Violence At A Glance.