Project Ploughshares is an operating division of The Canadian Council of Churches that works with churches, governments and civil society to advance policies and actions to prevent war and armed violence.
Recent Blog Posts
Canada’s future role in UN peace operationsFebruary 13, 2019
It has been almost three decades since Canada was among the leading contributors of troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions. In late 2017, the government announced Canada’s return to peace operations and, in March 2018, Canada deployed an Air Task Force to the UN mission in Mali. With the one-year period allotted for the Canadian mission coming to an end ...
The new disarmament advocates?January 24, 2019
Over the past year, tech-worker movements have illustrated the rising awareness of this group of their role—for good and ill—in technology’s impact on society. Just look at the employees’ protest against Google’s involvement in the U.S. Pentagon’s Project Maven. Project Maven, also known as Algorithmic Warfare Cross-Functional Team, launched in April 2017 to improve the ability of the U.S. Department ...
Looking ahead: Trends shaping space security in 2019January 23, 2019
The world has entered a Second Space Age, marked by an intensification of our interactions and reach into outer space. A core part of the international Space Security Index project, managed by Project Ploughshares, is to look holistically at how states, companies, and people around the world access and make use of this domain. Looking to the year ahead, five ...
Balancing individual rights and national securityDecember 10, 2018
In his recent remarks at the Economic Club of Canada, Canadian Security Intelligence Services (CSIS) director David Vigneault indicated that new national security threats are keeping the country’s spies awake at night. While Vigneault acknowledged that terrorism is still a concern, he said that “foreign interference and espionage” are the “greatest threat to our prosperity and national interest.” Vigneault characterized ...
10 Things You Should Know About Killer RobotsMarch 27, 2019
1. What are Killer Robots? Actually, pretty much what they sound like. These are autonomous weapons systems that could kill human beings without any human involvement in the critical functions of target selection and the employment of lethal force. Lethal autonomous weapons systems could take many physical forms, and could also operate in large numbers and distributed architectures. The emergence ...
Tracing Canada’s military exports: Analyzing the 2017 reportMarch 26, 2019
The release of Global Affair Canada’s (GAC) Report on the Export of Military Goods from Canada—2017 provided the most authoritative and comprehensive account of Canadian military exports on record.
The Ploughshares Monitor: Spring 2019March 26, 2019
Volume 40 Issue 1 A quarterly publication of Project Ploughshares Please click on attachment to view document: