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
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 latest move constitutes a clear affront to international law that must be rejected, especially by countries like Canada that express strong support for a rules-based multilateral order. A flexible view ...
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.
Public tip lines: The enemy of resilienceApril 21, 2020
Too much medicine is bad for us. So is too much public surveillance, even when it is supposed to protect us from harm. Certainly, surveillance and detection of a disease are critical to its containment. Disease must be tracked and then containment measures such as physical distancing and quarantine must be monitored and enforced. In the face of the current ...
Amid COVID crisis, Canada lifts moratorium on arms exports to Saudi ArabiaApril 15, 2020
On April 10, GAC issued an official statement in support of a global ceasefire, in response to the high-profile appeal on March 23 by UN Secretary-General António Guterres. The day before, however, it had announced that it was lifting a moratorium on arms-export permits to Saudi Arabia, one of the worst violators of human and women’s rights on the planet.