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.
Recent Blog Posts
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.
Event: AI Arms Race (Let’s Talk about Killer Robots)
If you are in Vancouver, please join us for a conversation about the issue of autonomous weapons and the work of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. We will provide the information and refreshments. It's FREE!
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 ...
Event: Critical Thinking in an Era of Alternative Facts
Join us for an interactive discussion on the importance of digital literacy for ordinary citizens as well as practical ways to address the era of alternative facts.
More clarity on Canada’s views on military applications of artificial intelligence neededMay 13, 2019
Canada appears to be leading the way in the responsible use of artificial intelligence (AI) with a number of initiatives and guidelines intended to to ensure that AI applications are based on sound reasoning and common values. However, largely absent in its discussions of strategy and risk are military applications of AI—in particular, the growing autonomy of weapons systems. Canada ...
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
Open letter to the PM re: arms exports to Saudi ArabiaAugust 6, 2019
The undersigned, representing a cross-section of Canadian civil society organizations focused on arms controls, human rights, international security, humanitarian assistance and the protection of civilians in conflict, are writing to follow up on a letter that was sent you five months ago, outlining ongoing concerns about Canada’s export of LAVs to Saudi Arabia.