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 …

Why we work for space security

Tasneem Jamal Featured 0 Comments

Our dependence on outer space continues to grow as mining emerges as the next frontier of resource extraction Recently it was announced that David Saint-Jacques will be Canada’s next astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The adventure aside, we don’t always take the time to understand the benefits of space travel and exploration. In this case, ISS crew members …

Migrants and development policy

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Sustainable Development Goals offer the world a tool to respond to the migration crisis In 2015 there were 244 million international migrants (UNFPA 2016), the majority crossing borders in search of better economic and social opportunities. More than 60 million others were forced to flee conflict and violence in the largest exodus since the end of the Second World War. …