Project Ploughshares is a Canadian peace research institute with a focus on disarmament efforts and international security, specifically in the areas of the arms trade, emerging military and security technologies, nuclear weapons, and outer space security.
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Canada at the World’s Largest Arms FairOctober 17, 2019
Canada at UK military trade show The United Kingdom’s – and the world’s – largest military trade show, Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI), is held every two years. The latest show took place this past September in London’s East Docklands. There, 35,000 representatives from government, the military and law enforcement met with arms producers from more than 50 countries. ...
New Technologies and Conflict EscalationSeptember 19, 2019
In a recent New York Times opinion piece, Glenn S. Gerstell, the general counsel for the United States National Security Agency, explains why the United States cannot afford to lose the digital revolution. He lays out the ways in which technology will transform national security threats and predicts a bleak future of constant cyberwarfare and new weapons. Gerstell rightly notes ...
3 Key Takeaways from the Innovations DialogueAugust 20, 2019
The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research Innovations Dialogue held on August 19 at the UN Office in Geneva sought to address the implications of artificial intelligence, quantum computing, blockchain, and the Internet of Things on arms control and disarmament.
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What’s new in the world of autonomous weapons?July 17, 2019
The call by some states and civil society for the regulation of autonomous weapons continues. But concern is also being expressed that investment and research in autonomous weapons systems are outpacing regulation. In advance of the August meetings of the Group of Governmental Experts at the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW), here’s an overview of recent developments. 1. The ...
Canada and the Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA)October 17, 2019
October 2019 Click to download full PDF WHAT IS THE SAFE THIRD-COUNTRY AGREEMENT? Effective since 2004, the Safe Third-Country Agreement (STCA) is a bilateral treaty between the United States and Canada that requires a refugee claimant to request refugee protection in the first country they reach, whether the United States or Canada. Thus, any refugee claimant who intends to ask ...
Top 5 Arms Exporters to Saudi Arabia 2014-2018August 20, 2019
What does a cholera outbreak in Yemen have to do with the effective implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)? Everything.
The dark side of moon explorationAugust 15, 2019
Landing on the moon 50 years ago was a major achievement. But, as Jessica West writes, renewing a space race without checks and balances only spells trouble