The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations are undertaking an uprecedented operation in Syria: disarming a country of a particular type of weaponry in the midst of a civil war. Professor Findlay will discuss the issue in the context of the overlapping legal, institutional, technical and political demands being made of Syria and the prospects for success of the operation.
Trevor Findlay holds the William and Jeanie Barton Chair in International Affairs at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University. He is concurrently a Senior Research Fellow with the International Security Program and Project on Managing the Atom at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. In 2013, he was appointed to the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Affairs. Professor Findlay’ teaching and research specializations are disarmament, arms control, nonproliferation, global nuclear governance and international organization. His publications include Peace Through Chemistry: Negotiation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (Australian National University: Canberra, 1993), Nuclear Energy and Global Governance: Ensuring Safety, Security and Nonproliferation (Routledge UK: London, 2011). His most recent study, Unleashing the Nuclear Watchdog: Strengthening and Reform of the International Atomic Energy Agency, was published by the Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) in 2012.