Canada’s efforts on responsible AI must include ban on autonomous weapons
BY Branka Marijan During a week of virtual sessions hosted in September at the Geneva offices of the United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, Canada remained silent. Not once in the last year has Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs focused on autonomous weapons when explaining Canada’s foreign... [Read More]
The risks of hypersonic weapons
BY Mark McWhinney More states are investing in hypersonic weapons capabilities. These weapons have the potential to travel faster and farther than current intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), with the added benefit of increased manoeuverability. While not all hype around hypersonic missiles is justified, the pursuit of such capabilities... [Read More]
Rethinking arms control: A Canadian perspective
BY Branka Marijan With a global pandemic and a still undecided U.S. election forming a dramatic backdrop, on November 6, the German Foreign Office hosted a virtual conference, “Capturing Technology. Rethinking Arms Control.” This event, combined with an experts’ preparatory workshop on November 5, were used to shine a... [Read More]
Export suspension exposes flaws in Canada’s arms controls
BY Kelsey Gallagher On October 24, Radio Canada International reported that Canadian-based Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) had suspended the export of aircraft engines to “countries with unclear usage.” This action followed reports that these engines were being used in Turkish-built Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that Turkey... [Read More]
Joint Statement on Outer Space
BY Jessica West This statement was drafted on behalf of civil society by Project Ploughshares Senior Researcher Jessica West. Dr. West presented it to the United Nations General Assembly First Committee for Disarmament and International Security on October 13, 2020. [Read More]
Canada remains silent on illegal Canadian weapons in Libya
BY Kelsey Gallagher On October 5, under mounting pressure from civil society and the Armenian diaspora community, Global Affairs Canada (GAC) suspended exports of Canadian-made L3Harris WESCAM surveillance and targeting sensors to Turkey. These sensors had been found on Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones)... [Read More]
The making of Killer Optics
BY Tasneem Jamal Ploughshares Communications Officer Tasneem Jamal spoke with Kelsey Gallagher about the genesis of Killer Optics, the impact of its publication, and the role of open-source data in tracking arms transfers. [Read More]

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