This issue of Disarmament Forum explores the "hot topic" of uranium weapons. Between calls for a moratorium on uranium weapon use and assurances from national and international sources that these weapons are safe and have valuable military utility, there is both uncertainty and confusion amongst decision makers and the wider public on the scientific and legal debates at hand. What exactly are these weapons and what is their perceived utility? What legal regimes are applicable to their use? What are the known and suspected health and environmental effects? What sort of research needs to be undertaken to have a more complete view of the issues?
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Editor’s note, Kerstin Vignard
The health hazards of depleted uranium, Ian Fairlie
Depleted uranium weapons: the next target for disarmament? Avril McDonald
Uranium weapons: why all the fuss? Chris Busby
Under the radar: identifying third-generation uranium weapons, Dai Williams
The risks of depleted uranium contamination post-conflict: UNEP assessments, Mario Burger