Disarmament and International Security Committee


Emma Zoboková

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Honourable chairs, dear delegates,

The idea and the corresponding evolution of biological weaponry goes back to the Iron age, where, in the Mesopotamian kingdom Assyrians were among the first to use contamination by a fungus to their own advantage. The onset of this trend can be seen among various cases of war and battle such as Scythian archers using purposefully infected arrows, Hannibal’s naval victory over King Eumenes II of Pergamon or the spreading of smallpox disease among Native Americans through blankets by the British. More recent sophistically advanced exemplifications following the 1990s include those of the World War I plague in St. Petersburg or the World War II Japanese conduction of experiments of various diseases on prisoners for one.

Biological warfare is far from being a thing of the past, however. In the present we are faced with unprecedented new challenges every day, such as genetic modification availability, on top of the known agents such as anthrax or tularemia, making any sort of preparation close to impossible, especially without the extensive collaborati...