Humanitarian disarmament: Putting people first

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The Humanitarian Disarmament Forum, which began in 2012, has become an annual gathering, conducted on the margins of the UN General Assembly First Committee. The 2017 Forum, organized by Human Rights Watch, PAX, and the Harvard Law School International Human Rights Clinic, was held at the UN Church Center from October 13-15. In attendance were some 90 participants from 50 …

The case for the Petrov rule

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On September 26, 1983, Stanislav Petrov, a 44-year-old lieutenant-colonel in the Soviet Air Defence Forces, made a critical decision (Chan 2017). Petrov was on duty at Serpukhov-15, a control centre outside Moscow that monitored the Soviet Union’s Oko early-warning satellite system, which identified ballistic missile launches, mainly by the United States. The Soviet Union/Russia used these satellites until 2015. Petrov …

Nuclear disarmament: The best of times and the worst of times

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As 2017 draws to a close, two ostensibly contradictory yet coexisting realities define the global nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation regime. Each brims with intensity, the likes of which have not been observed in decades. Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 38 Issue 4 Winter 2017 by Cesar Jaramillo A serious threat On the one hand, the threat of nuclear-weapons use, by miscalculation …

Sixty years on, the Pugwash work on global security continues

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From August 25-29, international security experts from more than 45 countries convened in Astana, Kazakhstan, for the Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs. Under the theme “Confronting New Nuclear Dangers,” the conference reflected on some of the most pressing challenges to global security. The event in Astana marked the 60th anniversary of the first Pugwash Conference, held in the …

Getting to Nuclear Zero

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Building Common Security for a Post-MAD World When: September 22-23, 2017 Where: Cartier Place Hotel 180 Cooper Street (just east of Elgin) Ottawa ON Please join us for The Group of 78 Annual Policy Conference 2017 In cooperation with The Rideau Institute; Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons; Canadian Voice of Women for Peace; Mines Action Canada; Physicians for Global Survival; …

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 …

Canada’s absence betrays its history on nuclear talks

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Negotiations begin Monday at the United Nations in New York on a “legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading toward their total elimination.” These talks flow from resolutions adopted late last year by the General Assembly in landslide votes. These negotiations could be the most significant multilateral development on nuclear-arms control since the indefinite extension of the Non-Proliferation Treaty …

Trump, Nukes and Twitter: A Potentially Lethal Combination

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Tick, tock: the Doomsday clock measured by The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has moved 30 seconds closer to midnight (meaning: global catastrophe) — from three minutes to two minutes, 30 seconds. Not since the 1950s has midnight been so close. Why the move? Scientists point to the growing threat to humanity posed by nuclear weapons, including a potentially lethal Trump-nukes-Twitter …

Vote yes to negotiations for a legal prohibition of nuclear weapons

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Letter from members of the Steering Committee of Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau   October 4, 2016 Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau Prime Minister of Canada Ottawa, ON Dear Prime Minister, The undersigned, members of the Steering Committee of Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention, supported by 916 members of the Order of Canada, respectfully write …