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AU Scholars | Chemical Weapons: from WWI to Today


Chemical weapons have the potential to be used as weapons of mass destruction by states and terrorists. Hence, they pose a great threat to national and global security. Understanding the science of chemical weapons, knowing their history, being aware of their current employment, and recognizing the international frameworks for their control is key to identifying effective countermeasures and crafting successful policies for their management. Due to the multidisciplinary nature of the subject, this course offers the opportunity to introduce first year students to a variety of scientific concepts from the disciplines of chemistry and biology. Moreover, it offers students an opportunity to analyze and critically discuss historical and policy aspects related to chemical weapons. Finally, due to the topicality of the subject, this course offers an excellent opportunity to introduce students to text mining techniques that will be applied to the identification of current events and issues in the chemical weapons arena through the analysis of social media.