From Safety to Security: Extending norms of behaviour in space (video)
BY Jessica West In this video, Senior Researcher Jessica West presents work conducted as part of a project funded by the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) Mobilizing Insights in National Defence (MINDS) program to generate knowledge about how existing and emerging norms of responsible behaviour in... [Read More]
Video: The Future of Peace and Conflict: Nuclear Arms, Space and Robotics
BY Ploughshares On September 28, Ploughshares Senior Researchers Jessica West and Branka Marijan participated in an online panel on the future of peace and conflict hosted by the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Event description From the invention of the machine-gun, to the proliferation of nuclear weapons, to... [Read More]
Analyzing Canada’s 2019 Exports of Military Goods report
BY Kelsey Gallagher According to Canada’s 2019 Exports of Military Goods report, last year Canada exported weapons worth almost $4-billion—the highest value on public record. Saudi Arabia, which received 76 per cent of those weapons, is now almost certainly Canada’s prime customer, unseating the United States. [Read More]
Has the first shot been fired in space?
BY Jessica West What if space has already been weaponized? This is the claim of the United States military. Following the official establishment of the Space Force in January 2020, a new Defense Space Strategy published in June presents a strategy for “winning wars” in a domain... [Read More]
Armed drones on the Canadian military horizon
BY Branka Marijan The Canadian government appears to be moving closer to acquiring armed drones. According to Justin Ling of Vice News, Canadian government officials recently briefed industry partners on systems requirements, with long-range surveillance and the ability to engage targets remotely seen as key to protecting... [Read More]
The Canadian Commercial Corporation: Not yet a protector of human rights
BY Chris Earle Canada’s accession to the Arms Trade Treaty last year necessitated some welcome changes to Canada’s arms-control policies. But it appears that the export regime’s human-rights protections are still flawed. In this article, we focus on the activities of the Canadian Commercial Corporation. [Read More]
75 years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki, all nuclear weapons must go
BY Cesar Jaramillo COVID-19 disrupted international security diplomacy this year and led to the postponement of the consequential Review Conference of States Parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). But 2020 remains a significant year for the global nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation regime. [Read More]

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