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Meeting the challenge of space debris
Experts estimate that there are over 300,000 objects with a diameter larger than one centimetre and several million that are smaller. There is a growing risk that space assets may collide with one another or with a piece of orbital debris. As outer space becomes more congested, the likelihood of such events increases, making all spacecraft vulnerable, regardless of the nation or entity to which they belong. Read more >

Short-term gain for long-term pain
The expressed desire by Canada to act forthrightly and without ambiguity in the face of Islamic State (IS) atrocities is understandable. But 13 years after the horrific assaults of 9/11 we have enough experience with military interventions intended to combat terrorism to give us pause. A military response to a non-state group using terror to achieve its goals, in the absence of a broader political strategy to achieve a sustainable peace in affected countries, can prolong the violence and lead to further harmRead more >

Paper tigers
Even if the provisions of Canada’s arms export safeguards are stringent, recent developments make them seem like little more than paper tigers. The sale of Canadian manufactured light armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia is only the most egregious recent example of Canada’s ignoring its own guidelines in the pursuit of commercial gain from military exports.Read more >

The flagrant contradictions of nuclear-dependent states
It’s hard to tell whether the states questioning the purpose, direction, and convenience of the humanitarian imperative for nuclear disarmament are fully aware of the extent to which the inconsistencies in their positions are apparent to the rest of the international community. Because the contradictions are, well, quite obvious. Read more >

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Event: Canada and the Global Arms Trade

How weapons exports may fuel human rights violations and armed conflict
When: 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21
WhereTheatre of the Arts, University of Waterloo
Join Cesar Jaramillo, Project Ploughshares, Hilary Homes, Amnesty International Canada, Steven Chase, The Globe and Mail and Kenneth Epps, policy advisor to Project Ploughshares for a panel discussion. More

New Ploughshares staff

September 3, 2015
Project Ploughshares is pleased to announce the appointment of two new program officers and the Presbyterian Church in Canada’s Peace and Human Security Intern for 2015-2016. More

Seventy years after Hiroshima, it’s high time to ban the bomb

August 20 By Cesar Jaramillo
Published in Embassy
Regrettably, more than 45 years after the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty came into force, over 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

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