Not too long ago, it seemed that chemical warfare was a thing of the past. In recent years, however, the world has been troubled by news of state and non-state actors’ use of chemical weapons in Syria, with the reported attack in Douma on 7 April 2018 being only the latest in a long series of similar accounts. Such use poses a challenge to the universal chemical weapons prohibition as long as the international community is unable to agree on a unified and determined response and to find ways of holding the perpetrators to account. This situation must be overcome if chemical warfare is to be consigned to history for good.
Becker-Jakob, Una (2018): No Impunity for Chemical Warfare. What Are the Options for Ending the Use of Chemical Weapons?, PRIF Spotlight 3/2018, Frankfurt/M.