The continuing threats of military conflicts and terrorism may involve the misuse of chemical weapons. Despite the effort of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), chemical weapons are regularly used, e.g. in the Syrian Arab Republic. In addition to establishing the nature of the agent used, addressing the question of its origin is of equal if not greater importance to accurately reconstruct events and find the persons and institutions responsible.

Multi-analytical profiling strategies are required to use profiling of chemical warfare agents for forensic intelligence purposes. Valuable tactical information includes information on production, the route of synthesis and raw materials. This information will assist national defence, law enforcement and the OPCW in solving crimes or preventing additional attacks with chemical weapons. The aim of the literature thesis is to explore various chemical attribution and profiling strategies for chemical warfare agents.