The Politics of “Weapons of Mass Destruction”. The Creation of a Threat. I. Defining the Phrase. What is the best way to define “Weapons of Mass Destruction?”. A. Origins of the Phrase. Origin unknown: Possibly used as early as 1937 Increased use in 1990s. Substitute for Soviet threat?
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The Creation of a Threat
Which weapons qualify?
CBW (Chemical and Biological Warfare)
CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear)
When states are HIGHLY concerned with:
And states are NOT worried about
Which states meet these criteria today?