Seven key insights from RightsCon 2018

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And the inevitable questions RightsCon, one of the world’s largest annual meetings of digital rights activists, was held in Toronto from May 16-18. Access Now, which organized the conference, decided to hold this year’s event in Toronto instead of San Francisco, partly because of visa restrictions in the United States, but also because of Toronto’s growing reputation as a tech …

ATT: Working Group on Effective Treaty Implementation

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Statement delivered by Cesar Jaramillo on behalf of Control Arms May 29, 2018 Geneva, Switzerland Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 39 Issue 2 Summer 2018  Thank you, Chair. Control Arms recognizes the value of full and robust compliance with the Treaty in its entirety as the key measure of its effectiveness. At this time, however, we want to draw special attention …

Statement to the 2018 Preparatory Committee of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

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Delivered by Cesar Jaramillo on behalf of Project Ploughshares April 25, 2018 Geneva, Switzerland Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 39 Issue 2 Summer 2018  Thank you, Chair. The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty has been instrumental to address matters related to the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and peaceful uses of nuclear energy. But it has failed to deliver on the goal of nuclear …

Human-less or human more?

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Recently, Lockheed Martin, the U.S. aerospace and defence company, released a promotional video of its work on autonomous systems. The main message: “The future of autonomy isn’t human-less. It’s human more.” Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 39 Issue 2 Summer 2018 by Branka Marijan Doublethink lives on This formulation brings to mind George Orwell. In his novel 1984, Newspeak, the language …

JCPOA: A deal undone

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In a widely expected move, on May 8, U.S. President Donald Trump announced the immediate U.S. withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (Iran nuclear deal) and the imposition of increasingly stringent economic sanctions against Iran. Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 39 Issue 2 Summer 2018 by Cesar Jaramillo Not once in a 10-minute address did he point to a …

Ploughshares presents: The Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement: What’s at stake?

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On April 10, to commemorate the 33rd anniversary of Refugee Rights Day in Canada, which is celebrated on April 4, Project Ploughshares and the Commission on Justice and Peace of the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) co-hosted a public engagement on “The Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement: What’s at stake?” in Waterloo. The objective was to learn about, and reflect …

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 …

Nobel Peace Prize Lecture 2017

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The drive to ban nuclear weapons On December 10, 2017, Beatrice Fihn and Canadian Setsuko Thurlow accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). What follows is an edited version of their remarks when they accepted the award. Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 39 Issue 1 Spring 2018 Beatrice Fihn Today, it is …

The changing nature of war, forced displacement, and global disarmament

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Academics and researchers have noted a marked change in the nature of wars since the 1990s; interstate or international wars have largely been replaced by intrastate or civil wars. Intrastate wars are often more intense and drag on for years—even decades. They involve a multiplicity of actors, including ever-evolving coalitions and splintering of non-state armed groups or irregular combatants with …