What’s in a name? Deterrence and the stigmatisation of WMD

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review


Nuclear, chemical and biological weapons are distinct methods of warfare. This distinction has led to the categorisation of these weapons under the term Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). Whilst government decision makers and military experts, tend to refer to a range of terms, such as CBRN, NBC etc … to address the threat from these weapons, the term WMD is commonly referred to within the media and by the public. This term has significance and it is synonymous with the stigmatisation of these weapons. The process of stigmatisation has emerged progressively, through time, as a result of the strategic and normative quality of WMD. Even though each of these weapons differ greatly from the other, they are all perceived to cause long term, lasting destruction.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDeterrence
Subtitle of host publicationConcepts and Approaches for Current and Emerging Threats
EditorsAnastasia Filippidou
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9783030293673
ISBN (Print)9783030293666, 9783030293697
Publication statusPublished - 3 Dec 2019

Publication series

NameAdvanced Sciences and Technologies for Security Applications
ISSN (Print)1613-5113
ISSN (Electronic)2363-9466


  • Deterrence


Dive into the research topics of 'What’s in a name? Deterrence and the stigmatisation of WMD'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this