India – Maoist Insurgency (1980 – first combat deaths)

Ploughshares Armed Conflicts, Asia

India – Maoist Insurgency (1980 – first combat deaths)   Summary Type of Conflict Parties to the Conflict Status of the Fighting Number of Deaths Political Developments Background Arms Sources Economic Factors The Conflict at a Glance Who (are the main combatants): Maoists (commonly known as Naxalites) seek to overthrow the current government and establish socialist-communist rule in India to address …

India – Kashmir (1947 – first combat deaths)

Ploughshares Armed Conflicts, Asia

India – Kashmir (1947 – first combat deaths)   Summary Type of Conflict Parties to the Conflict Status of the Fighting Number of Deaths Political Developments Background Arms Sources The Conflict at a Glance Who (are the main combatants): The Government of India has a longstanding territorial dispute with the Government of Pakistan and Kashmiri rebel groups (supported by the Pakistani …

Burma-Myanmar (1988 – first combat deaths)

Ploughshares Armed Conflicts, Asia

Burma-Myanmar (1988 – first combat deaths)     Summary Type of Conflict Parties to the Conflict Status of the Fighting Number of Deaths Political Developments Background Arms Source Economic Factors       The Conflict at a Glance Who (are the main combatants): Ethnic insurgency groups have thus fought military (now central) control, particularly in Rakhine State, where the Muslim minority …

Philippines-CPP/NPA (1969 – 2017)

Ploughshares Archived Conflicts, Armed Conflicts, Asia

Philippines-CPP/NPA (1969 – 2017)   Recently ended conflict (Updated: April 2017) In August 2016, after over 40 years of conflict, the National Democratic Front (NDFP) and the Filipino government agreed to a ceasefire and resumed peace talks. In October, the communist rebels and government agreed to create the foundational framework for a future peace deal. In November, an NDFP negotiator …

Yemen In The Time Of Cholera

Cesar Jaramillo Armed Conflicts, Asia, Defence & Human Security, Featured, Mideast, News

The country is experiencing the world’s largest epidemic, and it has everything to do with the Arms Trade Treaty. A sudden onset of severe diarrhea is usually the first symptom. Rapid fluid loss often leads to life-threatening dehydration. If left untreated, certain strains can cause death within hours. Those who survive initial symptoms must endure repeated vomiting, low blood pressure, …

Canada Can’t Keep Denying It Ought To Scrap Saudi Arms Deal

Cesar Jaramillo Americas, Asia, Conventional Weapons, Featured, News

Since the moment it was announced in 2014 by the Harper government, the multibillion-dollar Canadian arms export deal with human-rights pariah Saudi Arabia has been shrouded in controversy. Most recently it has come under renewed scrutiny following allegations that the Saudi regime used violence — and Canadian equipment — to repress civilians in the Eastern Province. Through it all, Ottawa’s handling of …

Arms and forced displacement: Canada-Saudi arms deal

Sonal Marwah Americas, Asia, Conventional Weapons, Featured, Forced Displacement and Migration, Mideast

The world is experiencing the highest level of forced displacement since World War II. According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR 2016a), approximately 34,000 people are forcibly displaced daily by conflict and persecution. A trigger and driver of forced displacement is armed conflict, which is fueled, prolonged, and made deadlier by available, accessible weapons. And so weapons control, and particularly …

On the Saudi arms deal authorization

Tasneem Jamal Americas, Asia, Conventional Weapons, Featured, Mideast Leave a Comment

An open letter to the Prime Minister of Canada: Your government’s authorization of this deal casts serious doubt over Canada’s readiness to abide by the legally binding obligations and intent of the Arms Trade Treaty, which Canada has announced it will join in the near future.   April 25, 2016 The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P. Prime Minister of …

Q&A with Idil Atak: Responding to the Syrian refugee crisis

Tasneem Jamal Asia, Forced Displacement and Migration, Mideast Leave a Comment

Author Sonal Marwah Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 37 Issue 1 Spring 2016 Sonal Marwah: Terms such as “irregular” or “illegal” are frequently used to describe the migration influx in Europe. Is this an accurate way of assessing the situation? Idil Atak: As a member of the Department of Criminology, I am not in favour of using the term ”illegal” because a …

Yemen’s third chance

Branka Marijan Asia, Mideast, News

United Nations (UN) envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed announced recently that peace talks between Yemen’s warring sides will start on December 15 in Geneva, Switzerland. The talks are expected to last until the 21st. The announcement is welcome and the opportunity to end the nine-month conflict should be seized. Whether this third attempt to negotiate peace since fighting …