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Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance

Office of Chemical and Biological Weapons Affairs

Our Mission

The Office of Chemical and Biological Weapons Affairs (CBW) leads the Department's efforts to promote the global ban on chemical weapons as embodied in the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), develops policies to address emerging chemical weapons issues and challenges, assesses compliance with the CWC and the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC), and serves as the U.S. National Authority overseeing U.S. implementation of the CWC.

U.S. Department of State

The Lessons of 1989: Freedom and Our Future