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Telegraph India, August 29, 2013

Arun Vishwanathan, Assistant Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies

Dr. Arun Vishwanathan was quoted by The Telegraph (Calcutta/Kolkata, India) on the current situation in Syria and the dangers of the Syrian chemical weapons stockpile. The link entire story which appeared on August 29, 2013 is given below.

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In September 2012, Arun had written an Issue Brief for the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi and in August 2012 an op-ed for Deccan Herald on the issue. The links to these are provided below

Arun Vishwanathan, “Syrian Chemical Weapons: The Danger Within,” ORF Issue Brief No. 45, September 2012, New Delhi: Observer Research Foundation.

Arun Vishwanathan, “Syria’s CBWs: Clear and present danger,” Deccan Herald, August 3, 2012,



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  • Dr V. Siddhartha, Adjunct Faculty, NIAS

    The negative vote a day ago in the UK House of Commons, denying the UK Prime Minister ‘in principle’ pre-approval for military strikes on selected military Command and Control targets in Syria is destined to presage a ‘game change’ (a vastly over-used buzz expression, but apposite none-the-less)in transatlantic relationships of a character not seen since US President Eisenhower forced the abortion of the Anglo-French intervention in Egypt over President Nasser’s nationalisation of the Suez Canal.

    The people of Syria have suffered the most egregious use (by anyone, whether or not under state control) of horrific chemical agents – even if not specifically configured as military munitions – on non-combatant men, women and children in a civil war. The rights and wrongs of the antagonists in the Syrian civil war notwithstanding, if this case does not elicit an effective international response to stop such use of chemical agents within and on Syria’s own citizens, the implications are grave for the survival of any ‘norm’ of state behaviour in violent conflict, even if such behaviour cannot be formally labelled as a war crime.

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