Determining the Threat: Biological Weapons and National Security Interests
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Jeanne Guillemin, Boston College
Date: Thursday, October 2, 2008
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Dr. Eugene Gholz introduced Jeanne Guillemin, MIT Security Studies Program, an accomplished academic in the field of biological weaponry, as part of this fall’s International Security Speaker Series. Guillemin discussed the history of various nations’ perceptions of biological weapons programs. After describing U.S. policy towards the use of bio-weapons throughout the mid-twentieth century, Guillemin provided visual depictions of biological weapons facilities in the United States and Japan. She introduced evidence relating to Japan’s use of biological warfare against the Chinese during World War II, suggesting that the Japanese had used air-drops of wheat, rice, and fleas to infect the Chinese population with various diseases.