Episode 8,

Chemical Weapons

Richard A. Price, Dan Charles & Aaron David Miller

A single chemical weapon attack caused President Trump to switch positions on Syria and Russia. How did chlorine, mustard gas and nerve agents become so reviled?

 

A single chemical weapon attack caused President Trump to switch positions on Syria and Russia. How did chlorine, mustard gas and nerve agents become so reviled?  Neal Conan talks about why the world banned these weapons and where the Chemical Weapons Convention stands now with Richard A Price, the author of The Chemical Weapons Taboo. NPR correspondent Dan Charles, author of Master Mind: The Rise and Fall of Fritz Haber, tells the story of the Nobel laureate who became the father of chemical warfare.  And Aaron David Miller, former Middle East negotiator, puts the sarin attack, and President Trump’s response, into the context of an emerging Middle East Policy.

 

Guests

Richard A. Price is a professor of International Relations at the University of British Columbia and is the author of several books including The Chemical Weapons Taboo and Moral Limit and Possibility in World Politics.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/09/03/they-must-be-really-bad-if-even-hitler-wouldnt-use-them

https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/syria/2013-01-22/how-chemical-weapons-became-taboo 

http://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2013/09/08/chemical-weapons-how-built-taboo/4LmSkZpbXgLDpVYpKBOnwJ/story.html

Dan Charles is an NPR correspondent and the author of Master Mind: The Rise and Fall of Fritz Haber, The Nobel Laureate Who Launched the Age of Chemical Warfare. 

http://www.danielcharles.us/fritzhaber.html

 http://www.danielcharles.us/haberprologue.html

 

Aaron David Miller is Vice President for New Initiatves and Distinguished Scholar for Middle East Programs at the Wilson Center. He is a former Middle East negotiator and advisor to Republican and Democratic Secretaries of State on Arab-Israeli negotiations, and is the author of The End of Greatness: Why America Can’t Have and Doesn’t Want Another Great President.  

https://www.wilsoncenter.org/person/aaron-david-miller

Why Did Trump Bomb Syria?

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/07/opinions/purpose-us-strike-miller-sokolsky/