Syria, Russia and the politics of chemical weapons

Brian Whitaker
Jul 12 · 39 min read

Russia’s ties with Syria

Outlawing chemical weapons

First chemical attacks in Syria

Russian obfuscation

Obama’s red line

Russian cooperation

Dismantling Syria’s weapons

UN-OPCW coordination

More attacks, more investigations

Gathering evidence

The question of blame

End of the JIM — and a new British plan

Seeking a delay

Resistance from Syria

‘Unfit to investigate’

The Henderson document

A question of trust

Snoopers in the car park

Lab report leaked

Confidentiality versus transparency

Breaking the consensus

A difficult choice

Further discussion

Brian Whitaker

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Former Middle East editor of the Guardian. Website: Author of 'Arabs Without God'.

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