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Public Panel Discussion
Free Event
When: 5 p.m. –  7 p.m., June 29
Where: 4th Floor, Conrad Grebel University College, 140 Westmount Rd. North, WaterlooMore >


Seventy years after Hiroshima, it’s high time to ban the bomb
More than 45 years after the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty came into force, more than a quarter-century after the end of the Cold War, and seven decades after the devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, some states still consider serious work toward nuclear abolition premature. More than 15,000 nuclear warheads remain in existence, many of which are tens of times more powerful than the ones that devastated Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Nearly 2,000 are on high-alert status, ready to be launched within minutes, thereby exacerbating the risk of their deliberate or accidental use. This situation must change. Read more >

Civil society statement on outer space security
Delivered by Cesar Jaramillo to the First Committee of the United Nations General.
Nearly six decades into the space age, it is increasingly clear that the precepts and underlying assumptions of existing space law fall short of addressing the drastically changed reality of outer space activities today. While there is widespread agreement to pursue measures that minimize the likelihood of unintentional interference with space assets during peaceful operations, we are greatly concerned that discussions related to space weaponization and the prevention of an arms race in outer space have yet to gain sufficient traction. Read more >

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On killer police robots and weaponization of autonomous systems

By Branka Marijan July 19
In early July Dallas police used a bomb-disposal robot to kill a sniper who had killed five police officers and wounded seven others who were maintaining order during a peaceful demonstration. More

Northern Ireland’s peace process, post-Brexit

By Branka Marijan July 15
The effects of Brexit on Northern Ireland’s peace process were not prominent in discussions prior to the referendum or press coverage after the vote. But those familiar with Northern Irish politics have expressed concern and are urging that more attention be paid to Northern Ireland. More

Summer Monitor ONLINE

July 12
The latest issue of The Ploughshares Monitor is available online. More

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