Northern Ireland’s peace process, post-Brexit

Branka Marijan Europe, Featured, News

On Thursday, June 23, British citizens voted to leave the European Union (EU). The impacts of the decision were immediately felt by global markets and led to political uncertainty on the continent. On Friday morning, the British pound fell to a 30-year low, the Canadian dollar a six-year low. Concerns about the future of the EU and possible dissolution of the …

Our fears came true in Brussels: now what?

Jessica West Defence & Human Security, Europe, News

An underlying current of fear has run through Europe since the attacks on Paris last November. While life returned to normal in France, ‘normal’ was marred by a continuing state of emergency, increased surveillance, stronger policing and detention powers, neighbourhood raids, and an increased presence of police and weaponry. For five days Brussels, Belgium, launch site for the Paris attacks, …

Shifting frontlines in the Schengen zone

Sonal Marwah Europe, Featured, Forced Displacement and Migration, News

By Sonal Marwah and Philip MacFie The Schengen Agreement was conceived in 1985 in Schengen, Luxembourg and came into effect in 1995. Today 26 European countries (including four that do not belong to the European Union) participate in the agreement, which replaced internal borders with a single external border, within which people can move freely. Foreign visitors can travel anywhere …

Post-Paris revenge: François Hollande’s November speech reveals blind spots

Wendy Stocker Europe, News

By Philip MacFie On November 16, French President François Hollande addressed both houses of the French Parliament in the wake of the Paris terror attacks three days before. His speech is nothing short of a call for revenge on the Islamic State in Syria. France’s 9/11 Daniel R. Depetris writes of Hollande’s “9/11 moment.” Just as the World Trade Center …

Is War Ever Black and White? Recolorizing the Reality of War

Tasneem Jamal Archived Events, Europe Leave a Comment

Panel Discussion when: 7 p.m. April 30, 2015 where: Stirling Mennonite Church 57 Stirling Avenue, Kitchener Much of the time, news and popular media, war is painted as a black and white image – us vs. them, evil vs. good, hero vs. villain. As we’re commemorating the 100th anniversary of WWI, the “Great War” is often depicted as a just and …

Many EU countries to ratify the Arms Trade Treaty on April 2nd

Ploughshares Conventional Weapons, Europe, News

Message from the French and German Missions to the UN: – Save the Date – April 2nd/10 am – ATT ceremony April 2nd – SAVE THE DATE! The adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) by the United Nations General Assembly on 2nd of April 2013 constitutes the culmination of seven years of efforts to achieve a comprehensive Treaty to …

Turkey – EU Relations: Can the slowdown be reversed?

Ploughshares Europe, News

Free Public Lecture Click on the image for a PDF. Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 6:30 – 8:00pm Seagram Room – Centre for International Governance Innovation 57 Erb Street West, Waterloo, ON Register by emailing KW@interculturaldialog.com Refreshments will be served. Speaker: Joost Lagendijk, a columnist for two Turkish daily newspapers and former Member of the European Parliament (EP), will be speaking …

Russian arms sold to U.S. for Afghan Army

Kenneth Epps Americas, Asia, Conventional Weapons, Europe, Mideast

UPDATE: Pentagon cancels contract As the result of bipartisan U.S. Congressional opposition, the Pentagon has cancelled the latest order of Russian Mi-17 helicopters for Afghanistan. Many members of Congress objected to the U.S. buying equipment from the same source that supplies Syrian government forces.  Wars come and go but the military industry lives on. The Russian state-owned arms trade company, Rosoboronexport, …

Is war ever justified? Workshop

Ploughshares Africa, Archived Events, Asia, Europe, Mideast, News Leave a Comment

In Niagara Falls on October 26 Ploughshares Executive Director John Siebert and Intern Charmila Ireland facilitated a workshop on the question “Is war ever justified?” The event was organized by the Presbytery of Niagara of the Presbyterian Church in Canada (PCC) and the Norma Goldsmith Lay School of Theology. More than a dozen people with a wide range of knowledge, …

The Nobel Peace Lecture. From war to peace: A European tale

Wendy Stocker Europe

The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 34 Issue 1 Spring 2013 At a time of uncertainty, this day reminds people across Europe and the world of the European Union’s fundamental purpose: to further the fraternity between European nations, now and in the future. It is our work today. It has been the work of generations before us. And it will be the …