Project Ploughshares: Our 2018 Plan

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Last year was remarkably active for virtually all Project Ploughshares program areas—and 2018 is turning out to be at least as busy. From unscrupulous arms transfers that fuel human rights violations to troubling forced migration patterns that continue to test the international community’s ability to respond, from efforts to proactively regulate the development and deployment of autonomous weapons systems to …

Disarming Security: Project Ploughshares and Canadian military export policy

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On February 14, 2015, Ed Fast, the former Canadian Minister of International Trade, helped announce the largest advanced manufacturing contract in Canadian history. A brilliant economic achievement on paper, the 14-year, multi-billion-dollar deal promised to directly benefit 500 Canadian companies, and continue an important trade alliance with a strategic ally. The only catch was that the deal was to manufacture …

The costs of Canada’s indecisiveness on peacekeeping

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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 …

How should Canada respond to the threat of killer robots?

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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. There is still debate about the timeframe for the development of LAWS, with some experts suggesting that such technology is only a few years away, while others …

Workshop: Meaningful Human Control and Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems

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When: 8:30am- 4:00pm  April 5, 2016 Where: ROOM 1-23 67 ERB STREET WEST, WATERLOO, ON Cost: Free Lethal autonomous weapons systems, sometimes called killer robots, have been getting a lot of international attention lately. Indeed, the 2016 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, held from January 20-23, had a session on them. The WEF also raised the topic of killer robots …

Canada’s policy on airstrikes: What does it mean?

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By Philip MacFie The Canadian government has decided to remove its F-18 fighter jets from Iraq and make a different contribution to the coalition against ISIS. Policymakers have offered the public and international partners a rationale for the transition, but is this line of reasoning adequate? The government’s position The Liberal Party platform for the 2015 federal election promised: “We …

A new rallying cry

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Author Jessica West Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 36 Issue 4 Winter 2015 It’s time to reformulate Canada’s foreign policy The ongoing, complex war in Syria, with its violent tentacles and humanitarian shockwaves, is a harsh reminder that the global security context needs rethinking. The focus on counterterrorism, which has dominated foreign and security policy in the West both at home and …

Q&A: In pursuit of peace with Lucie Edwards

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Author Branka Marijan Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 36 Issue 4 Winter 2015 It would be an understatement to say that Lucie Edwards has worked in some difficult environments. During her 33 years of service with the Department of Foreign Affairs, she served in the Canadian embassies in Tel Aviv (1977-1980) and in South Africa, under apartheid (1986-89). From 1993-1995, she was …

Canada withdraws jets from Middle East

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What this says about the future direction of Canadian foreign policy By Philip MacFie On October 20, 2015, Prime Minister-elect Justin Trudeau told U.S. President Barack Obama that Canada would withdraw its jet aircraft from their current mission in Iraq and Syria. The move, at first glance, is about the removal of airplanes from a combat zone. But there is …

What we know about the $14.8-billion deal to provide Canadian-made military equipment to Saudi Arabia

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Author Cesar Jaramillo Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 36 Issue 3 Autumn 2015 10 Facts The largest arms exports contract in Canadian history will see Canadian-made military equipment shipped to one of the worst human rights violators in the world—Saudi Arabia. This will happen despite an existing export control regime specifically intended to prevent Canadian goods from fuelling human rights violations abroad. …