This issue of Disarmament Forum looks at assuring compliance with the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC). With the Sixth BTWC Review Conference almost upon us, the issue examines the implications of the 2002–2005 consultative process as well as strategies to strengthen the convention. Articles also address how various international, regional and national initiatives complement the convention, how to revitalize the convention’s confidence-building measures, and describe the spectrum of supporting mechanisms for the convention that might be considered in the longer term. For the first time, the online version of Disarmament Forum is interactive, linking you directly to references available on the web.

Citation: Kerstin Vignard (ed.) (2006). "Disarmament Forum: Toward a Stronger BTWC", UNIDIR, Geneva.

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  • Editor’s note, Kerstin Vignard
  • Special Comment, Masood Khan
  • Blood, toil, tears and sweat: the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention since 2001, Richard Lennane
  • Strengthening structures for the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention: options for remedying the institutional deficit, Nicholas A. Sims
  • Confidence-building needs transparency: an analysis of the BTWC’s confidence-building measures, Iris Hunger & Nicolas Isla
  • Achieving the outcomes of the Sixth Review Conference, Daniel Feakes & Graham S. Pearson
  • The Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention in context: from monolith to keystone, Piers D. Millett