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 …

Six spurious arguments against a nuclear-weapons ban

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This year’s multilateral negotiations toward a legally binding prohibition on nuclear weapons reflect a growing global recognition that a nuclear-weapons ban is an integral part of the normative framework necessary to achieve and maintain a world free of nuclear weapons. For some observers of nuclear issues, in and out of government, they also constitute a welcome disruption of an otherwise …

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 …

Tracking space security: Are we ready to go live?

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The Canadian government sponsored a First Committee side event on 18 October in cooperation with the Space Security Index (SSI), titled “Tracking Space Security: Are We Ready to Go ‘Live’?” The event featured the release of the latest SSI report, Space Security Index 2016, which tracks annual developments and long-term trends related to the security of outer pace, and provided …

The Arms Trade Treaty: Implications for Canada

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Following the Liberal government’s announcement that Canada would accede to the Arms Trade Treaty, Project Ploughshares partnered with Amnesty International Canada, Oxfam Canada, and Oxfam Quebec to produce a detailed briefing outlining key areas related to Canada’s military export controls regime that require attention if Canada is to effectively implement the obligations of the Treaty. The briefing has been shared …

Faster, higher, stronger

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Civil society organizations gather to strengthen campaigns to protect civilians from armed violence On October 15-16 Project Ploughshares, along with more than 100 members of other civil society organizations (CSOs), participated in Humanitarian Disarmament Forum 2016, the fifth annual forum in New York. This year’s objective was to review and strengthen instruments, such as campaigns, to protect civilians from the …

A Remarkable Year

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What a year. As Project Ploughshares marked four decades of continuous work in 2016, we witnessed often convoluted global developments that affected virtually all areas of our work on international peace and security. And we have been busy. Not only striving to produce evidence-based research, but communicating the policy implications of such research to a wide range of stakeholders—in and …

A crisis in outer space

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Operators in outer space have managed a variety of mostly natural threats throughout the space age. Today they also face a growing arsenal of manmade threats (e.g., cyberattacks, jamming, etc.), from both state and non-state actors. The continued testing and development of anti-satellite weapons (ASATs) and the shrinking opportunity to separate activities in space from geopolitical flashpoints on Earth represent …

Forced displacement and gender

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The world is facing unprecedented levels of forced displacement—people compelled to leave their homes to escape conflict, violence, and the flagrant violation of human rights (World Bank 2015). And while gender is not the only important factor that shapes the perilous refugee journey, in this article the focus is on gender-based violence experienced by migrants who are coming to Europe …