Q&A: In conversation with Ambassador Paul Meyer

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January 27, 2017 marked the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Outer Space Treaty (OST), one of the most successful international treaties ever concluded. Negotiated in an era of intense military competition sparked by the launch of Sputnik in 1957, the Treaty created a legal framework for the governance of outer space, based on the principle that space is …

We cannot turn a blind eye to the weaponization of space

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The many challenges facing the outer space domain can be generally grouped into two broad categories. On the one hand, there are those related to the risks that result from normal peaceful space operations, such us unintentional interference with space assets. On the other, there are clear risks associated with a potential arms race in outer space. While there is …

A failure to launch: FMCT negotiations and the CD stalemate

Tasneem Jamal

Briefing 16-2 Published January 20, 2016 Author Philip MacFie “Failure to launch” is perhaps the best way to describe the state of the proposed fissile material cut-off treaty (FMCT). Such a treaty would ban “the [further] production of fissile material for nuclear weapons” (p. ix), effectively freezing a state’s stockpile of weapons-grade nuclear material. In 1994, the Conference on Disarmament …

The programme of inaction (or When New York becomes Geneva)

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Author Daniel Mack Daniel Mack is Policy and Advocacy Coordinator, Arms Control, Instituto Sou da Paz, São Paulo, Brazil. This article first appeared on the website The Small Arms Monitor: The Blog on September 10. The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 33 Issue 4 The Second Review Conference (RevCon) of the 2001 United Nations Programme of Action on Small Arms (PoA) was …

Canada’s Disarmament Conference Boycott is Ill-Advised

Cesar Jaramillo

Author Cesar Jaramillo Published in the Waterloo Region Record Canada’s newly elected Conservative majority government seems to be wasting no time in taking a tough stance on foreign policy, but Canada’s decision to boycott the Conference on Disarmament during the presidency of North Korea sets a troubling precedent for the already dysfunctional disarmament forum. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said …

In Defence of the PPWT Treaty: Toward a Space Weapons Ban

Cesar Jaramillo

Author Cesar Jaramillo The Ploughshares Monitor Winter 2009 Volume 30 Issue 4 The draft Treaty on Prevention of the Placement of Weapons in Outer Space and of the Threat or Use of Force against Outer Space Objects (PPWT) (CD 2008), jointly introduced to the Conference on Disarmament (CD) by Russia and China in 2008, constituted a welcome step toward the non-weaponization …

A Mixed Bag Nuclear Disarmament Resolution

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Author Ernie Regehr Published by Embassy, an Ottawa-based foreign policy weekly Tomorrow’s UN Security Council session will be a significant first. Not only will it be the first time an American president has chaired a session, it will be the first time ever that this panel of international peace and security-and the primary club of the planet’s five leading nuclear …

Statement of Hope in a Year of Opportunity: Seeking a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World

Tasneem Jamal

World Council of Churches, Central Committee 26 August – 2 September 2009 Geneva, Switzerland “The production and deployment as well as the use of nuclear weapons are a crime against humanity and must be condemned on ethical and theological grounds.” -William Thompson, Presbyterian Church USA, Vancouver Assembly, 1983 The international community is in a season of hope. Eminent world and …

The FMCT: Temptation and Dashed Hopes at the Conference on Disarmament

Tasneem Jamal

Author Ernie Regehr The Ploughshares Monitor Autumn 2007 Volume 28 Issue 3 This article is based on Ernie Regehr’s presentation to the Pugwash 50th-Anniversary workshop, “Revitalizing Nuclear Disarmament,” which took place in Pugwash, Nova Scotia, 5-7 July 2007. Last year Daryl Kimball (2006) of the US Arms Control Association reminded us of just how tantalizingly close the world is to consensus …

Reviving the Nuclear Disarmament Agenda

Tasneem Jamal

The Ploughshares Monitor Winter 2006 Volume 27 Issue 4 This article is drawn from a joint brief by Veterans Against Nuclear Arms (VANA) and Project Ploughshares. The nuclear threat has not gone the way of the Berlin Wall. In the immediate post-Cold War period there were significant and welcome reductions in nuclear arsenals, but there are currently still about 27,000 nuclear …