As the novel coronavirus COVID-19 continues to affect every aspect of our lives, we at Project Ploughshares are “ploughing ahead” in each of our program areas, optimistic that considerable progress can be made domestically and internationally, while cognizant of the impact that COVID-19 has made and will make.
For ease of access, all COVID-related articles and research from our various program areas will be collected on this page.
LATEST UPDATE: APRIL 19, 2020
COVID-19-related commentary & analysis
The devastating impact of COVID-19 on refugeesMarch 25, 2021
In 2016, Kirsten Mosey volunteered at Camp Moria on the island of Lesvos, Greece—once Europe’s largest refugee camp. Designed to house between 2,000 and 3,000 people, the former military/detention centre held approximately 20,000 refugees at its peak.
Yemen and Canada’s $2.8-billion moral deficitMarch 18, 2021
On March 1, Canada’s Minister of International Development Karina Gould pledged $69.9-million in aid to Yemen, now mired in its sixth year of continuous warfare. Gould stated, “Yemen is undergoing ...
Canada must resist U.S. efforts to further undermine the Iran nuclear dealMay 5, 2020
The Iran nuclear deal has long been derided by U.S. President Donald Trump, whose actions have already jeopardized some of the concrete security dividends of the hard-won agreement. But his ...
Urban Conflict: A Breeding Ground for COVID-19April 30, 2020
Unfortunately, war zones are not immune to COVID-19. But conflict—particularly the use of explosive weapons in populated areas (EWIPA)—does make an effective response to the virus almost impossible. UN Secretary-General António Guterres noted the relationship between COVID-19 and conflict in his March appeal for a global ceasefire.
Tech for the good of humanityApril 29, 2020
This pandemic has in fact brought into sharper focus the choices that are made about where resources are allocated, which technologies are developed, and for what purposes. These types of choices are and will be particularly important when it comes to applications of AI for national and global security.
Human rights must be safeguarded while fighting coronavirusApril 24, 2020
As global anxiety grows about the profound impact of the COVID-19 crisis, it may seem that no stone should be left unturned to resolve it. But governments’ use of technology presents clear risks of misuse and abuse. As the crisis unfolds, the methods used by states to tackle it will demand careful public scrutiny, rooted on legitimate expectations of enhanced transparency.