Sober recommendations for Canada’s aerospace industry

Kenneth Epps Conventional Weapons, News, Space Security

A common boast running through both government and industry statements supporting Canada’s purchase of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is that Canada’s aerospace industry will do well in the global competition for F-35 contracts. According to Industry Canada, for example, “in order to maximize affordability, the partner countries [in the F-35 program] agreed to a best-value approach to industrial participation …

Burney and Hampson on Canada and Afghanistan

John Siebert Americas, Asia, Defence & Human Security, Mideast, News

No, the title isn’t wrong. Former Canadian Ambassador to the U.S. Derek Burney and well regarded Carleton international affairs professor Fen Osler Hampson currently are in the news1 for their provocative article in Foreign Affairs, “How Obama lost Canada.”2 The gist of the article is that Canada’s relationship with the U.S. is deteriorating. Among the long list of examples and …

List of Canadian Parliamentarians to sign ATT Declaration reaches 120!

Tasneem Jamal Conventional Weapons, News

The list of Canadian Parliamentarians who are signing on to the Global Parliamentarian Declaration on the ATT has reached 120. Control Arms is working to add signatures to the Parliamentarian Declaration up until the start of Arms Trade Treaty negotiations on July 2. If you want to support the ATT, add your name to the Speak Out! Petition (“NO MORE …

Peter MacKay and the Arms Trade Treaty

Kenneth Epps Conventional Weapons, News

In early June Canada’s Defence Minister Peter MacKay delivered a speech in Singapore to an international conference on security.1   Although the speech received little attention, it had important things to say about “whole-of-government” approaches to security, the link between security and development and state-led governance. One section in particular is worth quoting verbatim: I believe it is imperative that …

F-35 political decision-making remains unchanged

John Siebert Americas, Conventional Weapons, News

As the forensic investigations proceed in the wake of the Auditor-General’s devastating critique of the F-35 procurement process, those with the ability to get behind the public façade of federal decision making should look squarely at the period May 12 to June 19, 2008. What happened then is happening again, and promises to keep Canada locked in the purchase process …

F-35: We told you so

Kenneth Epps Americas, Conventional Weapons, News

It doesn’t help a bit, but we all take satisfaction from time to time in saying, “We told you so.” The Canadian F-35 Joint Strike Fighter story has already provided many such opportunities, with more likely on the way. The now widely acknowledged failings of the F-35 program have forced the Harper government to revisit its unrelenting support for the …

Kony 2012: Now that we have your attention

John Siebert Africa, Conventional Weapons, Defence & Human Security, Forced Displacement and Migration, News

No sense just piling on. The Kony 2012 viral video has elevated awareness of Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army in Africa to stratospheric heights. Over the past few days the critics have weighed in, including many Ugandans. And the folks at Invisible Children, who created the 29-minute video, have responded. We all want the source of insecurity addressed—yes, Kony needs …

Canadian support for a strong ATT grows

Kenneth Epps Americas, Conventional Weapons, News

The time to negotiate a global Arms Trade Treaty is rapidly approaching. It is only a matter of weeks to the start of the UN diplomatic conference in July.  It is reassuring to long-term promoters like Project Ploughshares that, as negotiations rapidly approach, more Canadian actors are stepping in to press Ottawa to support a strong treaty. On January  31 …

Would an attack on Iran be legal?

Cesar Jaramillo Americas, Asia, Conventional Weapons, Defence & Human Security, Mideast, News

Conspicuously absent from most analyses on the prospect of military action against Iran over its nuclear program is the question of whether an attack by the U.S. or Israel would be consistent with international law. Concerns raised in Western policymaking circles regarding a military intervention in Iran have little to do with its legality. Typically cited are the staggering costs …

Bill C-19: Is data a four-letter word?

Maribel Gonzales Americas, Conventional Weapons, News

The battle to save the long-gun registry has turned into a fight to save the data contained in the registry. When Bill C-19 passes as expected, most rifles and shotguns will no longer have to be registered. And records on 7.1 million registered “non-restricted” weapons will be destroyed, records that were collected over a period of 14 years at a …