A crisis in outer space

Jessica West 0 Comments

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

Sonal Marwah 0 Comments

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 …

Q&A: In conversation with Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic

Sonal Marwah 0 Comments

Ploughshares Program Officer Sonal Marwah recently met with Mayor Vrbanovic to discuss his involvement in the new Sustainable Development Goals. He is Treasurer of United Cities & Local Governments and is President Emeritus (2011-12) of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 37 Issue 3 Autumn 2016 Sonal Marwah: What is the role of local governments in the 2030 Agenda …

Sustainable development for sustainable peace

Cesar Jaramillo 1 Comment

Efforts aimed at reducing armed violence and decreasing the international community’s reliance on military force to tackle political grievances have been—and will continue to be—central to the work of Project Ploughshares. At the same time, we have long recognized that, as important and necessary as such efforts may be, they are insufficient to achieve sustainable peace. Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume …

On killer robots and human control

Tasneem Jamal 0 Comments

Debating the sophistication of artificial intelligence in lethal autonomous weapons systems Lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS) are more commonly known as killer robots. LAWS would select, target, and kill without any human input. While these weapons systems do not yet exist, leading scientists agree that they soon will. Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 37 Issue 2 Summer 2016 by Branka Marijan Some feel …

Develop the good – ban the bad

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New hypersonic weapons systems are in the works and getting big money—it’s time to respond On May 11 the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the research arm of the U.S. Department of Defense, held its annual Demo Day at the Pentagon to showcase the latest developments in military technology. Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 37 Issue 2 Summer 2016 by Branka Marijan …