The big nuclear spin

Cesar Jaramillo News, Nuclear Weapons

The irony couldn’t be more profound. The primary obstacle facing global efforts to rid the world of the most destructive weapons ever created is the intransigence of the very states primarily tasked with the maintenance of international peace and security. The five permanent members  of the UN Security Council (P5)—which are also the sole possessors of nuclear arsenals among parties …

An Arms Trade Treaty: within our grasp

Kenneth Epps Conventional Weapons, News

The final days of the month-long diplomatic conference in New York to negotiate an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) were a rollercoaster ride of tension and emotion. From pronounced concern over a deadlock on Wednesday, to widespread anticipation on Thursday, to general frustration on the final Friday, the feelings of many conference participants – state officials and NGO representatives alike – …

Half-baked ATT negotiations

Kenneth Epps Conventional Weapons, News

The four-week United Nations diplomatic conference in New York to negotiate an international Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) has reached its half-way mark. It would be fair to ask what has been accomplished to date. The blunt answer is not much. More troubling is the prospect that the final two weeks will be held hostage to states that never wanted a …

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 …