The legal challenge to the Safe Third Country Agreement: What’s at stake?

Sonal Marwah Featured, News

By Sonal Marwah and Deborah Mebude On July 5, the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR); The Canadian Council of Churches (CCC), of which Project Ploughshares is an operating division; and Amnesty International (AI) launched a case in the Federal Court of Canada to challenge the designation of the United States as a “safe third country” for refugees as this designation …

America first: What the U.S. National Security Strategy means for arms control in outer space

Jessica West Featured, News

The new U.S. National Security Strategy promises to put America first, raising critical questions about the future of alliances and economic partnerships, as well as about how the international community will handle challenges such as climate change that require concerted cooperation. Perhaps more troubling are the implications for arms control in a strategy that emphasizes “peace through strength.” In particular, …

Public events: On women, peace, security and South Sudan

Tasneem Jamal News

Monday November 27 in Waterloo, Ontario 10:00 a.m. to noon Round Table: Women, Peace and Security: The Case of South Sudan Location: Boardroom • Balsillie School of International Affairs • 67 Erb Street West 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Welcome to the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement (CPA) Location: Grebel Gallery • Conrad Grebel University College • 140 Westmount …

NO MÁS II: END Violence against Women NOW!

Tasneem Jamal News

Public Event: South Sudanese Women Speak Peace Sunday, November 26 All Saints Anglican Church 400 Northfield Drive West Waterloo 2:30 -3:00 Refreshments, Meet and Greet 3:00 -4:00 A Panel discussion with: Agnes Wasuk Petia, National Women’s Program, South Sudan Council of Churches Awak Hussein, Youth Coordinator, South Sudan Council of Churches Henriette Thompson, KAIROS Activist and Educator This event is part …

Under Stress: Space Security in 2017

Jessica West News

The annual assessment of the security of outer space released at the United Nations last week warns of mounting stress from a combination of rapid technology change and geopolitical tensions.  Space Security Index 2017 tracks developments and activities related to four indicators of the security of outer space – environmental sustainability, access to and use of space, technologies for space …

Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade

Tasneem Jamal News

Free public film screening, followed by a Q&A with arms trade expert and author Andrew Feinstein and the Executive Director of Project Ploughshares Cesar Jaramillo. Wednesday, November 1, 2017  7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Auditorium, Balsillie School of International Affairs, 67 Erb St. Waterloo Limited seating. To RSVP and for more information, visit BSIA: www.balsillieschool.ca Hosted by the Balsillie School of …

On Elon Musk, AI and killer robots

Branka Marijan Featured, News

Last month, 116 robotics experts, including Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, signed a letter calling on the United Nations to take action on lethal autonomous weapons systems or killer robots. Musk has become the chief figure warning about the military uses of artificial intelligence (AI), and has brought increased media attention to the issue. Recently, Musk pointed to remarks …

Yemen In The Time Of Cholera

Cesar Jaramillo Featured, News

The country is experiencing the world’s largest epidemic, and it has everything to do with the Arms Trade Treaty. A sudden onset of severe diarrhea is usually the first symptom. Rapid fluid loss often leads to life-threatening dehydration. If left untreated, certain strains can cause death within hours. Those who survive initial symptoms must endure repeated vomiting, low blood pressure, …

The costs of Canada’s indecisiveness on peacekeeping

Branka Marijan Featured, News

In Vancouver on November 14-15, Canada will host the United Nations Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial forum —a key event for UN peacekeeping. One goal of the forum is to “elicit new pledges from Member States to close key capability gaps for UN peacekeeping operations.” Another is to build on the “3Ps (pledges, planning, performance) with an added emphasis on partnerships.” According …