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Digging Deeper: Policy and practitioner responses
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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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The solution to the migration crisis must be political

June 21 By Stephen Cornish, Sonal Marwah, Carol Devine
Governments must address their incoherent and ineffective migration policies and create a more equitable and humane response within the multilateral system. More

How should Canada respond to the threat of killer robots?

By Branka Marijan June 15
Lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS), more commonly known as killer robots, are an emerging topic in international security discussions. These weapons would be able to target, select, and kill without any human input. More

The human costs of war

By Sonal Marwah June 8
Human displacement has reached record levels as old wars continue and new conflicts emerge. The second half of the 20th century saw a decline in wars between states, but a steep rise in the number of internal armed conflicts and other violent situations that caused mass displacement across borders. More

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