A United Nations chemical weapons expert inspects a map during a visit to one of the sites of an alleged chemical weapons attack in Damascus' suburbs of Zamalka (REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh).
Keeping Nuclear and Chemical Weapons Inspections in Perspective
November 26, 2013,
Ariana Rowberry and Jane Vaynman argue for a more nuanced view of nuclear and chemical weapons inspections and their efficacy. Iran's and North Korea's unwillingness to cooperate with the inspections regime does not mean that inspections are a futile exercise, and conversely, a state’s apparent full cooperation with inspections, like in Syria, may be designed to cover up incompetence or gross violations, write Rowberry and Vaynman.