About Bob Rigg

Bob Rigg is former senior editor, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and former chair, NZ National Consultative Committee on Disarmament. He is a freelance researcher and writer specialising in nuclear issues, the Middle East, Central Asia, and US foreign policy.

Articles by Bob Rigg

This week's guest editors

US position over Iran’s ambassador generates confrontation with UN

If the UN does not act to reject this precedent, it will contribute to an international erosion of faith in its own integrity and independence -precisely the kind of behaviour which the carefully crafted ‘headquarters agreement’ was designed to prevent.

Syria's chemical weapons: is the UN exceeding its mandate?

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons should be a technical agency of the UN. But it has arguably become a piece in a geo-political chess game dominated by the US, invited into Syria to act in contravention of its remit. 

Syria: return to the Middle Ages

If the US decides to unilaterally attack Syria, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif’s recent observations on the subject will be fulfilled: "If any country attacks another when it wants, that is like the Middle Ages."

Questioning the intelligence: Obama's decision to supply arms to Syria

The red line threshold has finally been crossed – but on unverified intelligence, encouraged by appetites for military intervention. It is Iraq all over again.

Chemical weapons, the Middle East, the UN Security Council and now, Syria

In a region with a long history of nuclear and chemical weapons, when is a red line a red line?

Fractured justice: the UN Secretary-General's Gaza flotilla enquiry

The UN Secretary General has promised to investigate the Gaza flotilla incident in a manner which is "prompt, impartial, credible and transparent" and "conforming to international standards". But it looks as if politics is triumphing over justice

The evisceration of a disarmament body

The Queen of the Netherlands will endanger her good reputation when she unveils a monument to the victims of chemical warfare at the headquarters of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague on 29 April 2007, on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the entry into force of the chemical-weapons convention (CWC).

International law or US hegemony: from chemical weapons to Iraq

A former official at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons describes how an effective international system to reduce the threat from weapons of mass destruction was sabotaged by the US government.
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