In memoriam: Ann Strauss Gertler

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Ann Gertler was 94 when she died at the end of April. In the newspaper notice of her death, she was characterized as a “determined and passionate advocate for peace, abolition of war and nuclear weapons, tireless promoter of international solutions especially through the UN, consultant to government delegations and peace organizations in Canada and internationally.… Ann worked alongside Muriel …

Behind the scenes: Space Security Index

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In early May, Project Ploughshares, in cooperation with the Institute of Air and Space Law at McGill University and our partners on the Space Security Index (SSI) project, hosted the 14th annual Space Security Working Group (SSWG) meeting in Montreal. SSI aims to serve as a source of accurate information and current analysis on human activities in outer space. We …

Arms and forced displacement: Canada-Saudi arms deal

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The world is experiencing the highest level of forced displacement since World War II. According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR 2016a), approximately 34,000 people are forcibly displaced daily by conflict and persecution. A trigger and driver of forced displacement is armed conflict, which is fueled, prolonged, and made deadlier by available, accessible weapons. And so weapons control, and particularly …

Canada’s ATT legislation: A loophole you could drive a tank through

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For years Project Ploughshares has had deep concerns about the arrangement under which Canada exports military goods to the United States. This arrangement, which has long exempted the United States from licensing and reporting requirements applicable to every other destination, undermines oft-repeated claims from successive governments about the strength of Canada’s military export controls regime. As stated in the annual …

Podcast: Restricted Mobility of Extremely Vulnerable Migrants and the Creation of Safe Spaces

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The Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford hosted a major international conference in March 2017, “Beyond Crisis: Rethinking Refugee Studies,” to reflect on the role that Refugee Studies can play in the world. In the context of profound changes in the nature of forced displacement, the conference assessed what kinds of knowledge, evidence, and concepts are needed to …

At a glance: Refugees and the Safe Third Country Agreement

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In 2017 a growing number of refugees have made claims after crossing irregularly (not at border points) from the United States into Canada. This has stimulated public debate about the effects of the Third Safe Country Agreement, which bars refugees arriving from the United States from claiming refugee status at a Canadian Point of Entry on the United States-Canada border.1 …