Entries by Tatyana N

UNICRI: Prosecuting Chemical and Biological Crimes

The United Nations Inter-regional Criminal and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) has recently developed a Prosecutor’s Guide to Chemical and Biological Crimes. This document provides insights and considerations across key elements, associated the deliberate acquisition, production, storage and use of chemical and biological agents and toxins, for nefarious use or misuse, and the impact of these […]

EC: Tackling Foreign Interference in R&I Sectors

The European Commission defines foreign interference as coercive, covert, deceptive, or corrupting activities that are carried out by, or on behalf of, a foreign state-level actor contrary to the sovereignty, values, and interests of the European Union (EU). Addressing foreign interference in EU Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and Research Performing Organisations (RPOs) requires awareness and […]

EC: Critical Technologies for Security and Defence

Strengthening the European security and defence technological and innovation landscape is an important element of the process of reducing the EU’s strategic dependencies in critical technologies and value chains for security and defence. The European Commission has recently released a Roadmap on Critical Technologies for Security and Defence which advances a package of strategic measures […]

EC: Enhancing Security through Research and Innovation

A recent Staff Working Document – Enhancing Security through Research and Innovation – published by the European Commission in December 2021 highlights the role of innovation in support of security policies. Cutting-edge technologies are increasingly used for criminal activities and countering such threats requires that prevention and response strategies and approaches are continuously improved and […]

EC JRC: 2021 Export Control Handbook for Chemicals

Many chemicals used daily in industrial processes or by persons are subject to export controls, because they can also be used to create explosives, nuclear weapons or other weapons of mass destruction, and thus present a potential threat to global security. The JRC’s Export Control Handbook for Chemicals (2021 edition) enables exporters and customs officers […]

UNICRI: Proposed Framework for CBRN Security Governance

The United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) has proposed a CBRN security governance framework. The framework covers six areas with recommended indicators and metrics: Inter-agency coordination – (1) CBRN focal point and national CBRN team are in place; (2) Responsibilities are documented in precise and clear terms; (3) All CBRN-related groups are […]

Activity Update: Strengthening CBRN Security

This is a periodic publication that reports on the activities that have been implemented in the course of the MASC-CBRN initiative. The Second Briefing Paper focuses on the development of the MASC-CBRN Resources and recent publications. Download Full Text (Adobe PDF, English)

EU: Annual Report on the 2003 Strategy against WMD Published

The EU has recently published an Annual Progress Report on the implementation of its 2003 Strategy against the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction. If used, nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons cause immense human suffering. The EU Strategy underscores the importance of effective multilateralism, including safeguarding the centrality and the promotion of the universality of […]

EUROPOL: EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Report 2021 Released

The EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Report (TE-SAT) 2021 provides figures on terrorist attacks and terrorism-related arrests in the European Union (EU) in 2020. The report notes that CBRN materials were used in attacks, sometimes in transnational contexts. In September 2020, envelopes containing ricin, which remains the preferred toxin for committing attacks, were sent from […]

OPCW: Indicative Chemical Safety and Security Guidelines

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has announced the launch of Indicative Guidelines for Chemical Safety and Security for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) to Foster the Peaceful Uses of Chemistry. As such the Guidelines are intended to promote the spirit and objectives of the Hague Ethical Guidelines. The initiative to compile […]