This report is part of our upcoming Strategic Monitor 2019 - 2020 which monitors global trends and assesses risks and opportunities for Dutch national security.
Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Weapons, or CBRN Weapons, have returned to the forefront in international political agenda. In particular, nuclear weapons and the discussion surrounding nuclear arms agreements have been at the centre of attention in 2019. Where the discussion around nuclear weapons has relatively cooled down since the end of the Cold War, the debate has heated up once again in recent months. With the termination of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, officially since the 2nd of August 2019, and doubts about the future of New START, the debate surrounding nuclear weapons has regained its prominence in daily life. Hence, it is for this reason that the fourth Global Security Pulse (GSP) of 2019, published in August 2019, focused on CBRN weapons.