Somaliland: A study in the potential of indigenous resources

Ploughshares Armed Conflicts, Defence & Human Security

Author Christina Woolner Christina Woolner is currently studying for an MPhil in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. A former program officer with Project Ploughshares, she spent the last two years teaching peace and conflict studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Waterloo, and the University of Hargeisa. The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 34 Issue 3 Autumn 2013 Localizing peace: Reflections from …

Obama, drones and Just War

Tasneem Jamal Americas, Conventional Weapons, News

By Karina Sangha U.S. President Barack Obama’s speech on counterterrorism delivered this past Thursday has drawn both praise and criticism from domestic and international commentators. While the speech touched on a number of controversial issues, the Obama administration’s use of drones to kill terrorists in countries such as Pakistan and Yemen occupied centre stage. Following months of criticism, Obama defended …

Canadian aircraft engines shipped to states at war

Wendy Stocker Conventional Weapons

Author Kenneth Epps and Brockenshire Lemiski The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 34 Issue 1 Spring 2013  From public sources Project Ploughshares has compiled a picture of aircraft engines manufactured and exported by Pratt & Whitney Canada (PWC) for military use during the 20-year period 1992– 2011. The picture is incomplete because neither Pratt & Whitney Canada nor the companies producing aircraft …

Powering combat missions

Wendy Stocker Armed Conflicts, Conventional Weapons

Sidebar to “Canadian aircraft engines sent to countries at war” by Kenneth Epps and Brockenshire Lemiski The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 34 Issue 1 Spring 2013 The following three cases provide evidence that aircraft powered by Canadian-built engines were used in combat despite government guidelines that call for “close control” of such exports.1 Angola From 1975 to 2002 Angola endured a …

Mali & Non-combat Military Contributions by Canada

Wendy Stocker Africa, Americas, Armed Conflicts, Conventional Weapons, Defence & Human Security

Author John Siebert Presentation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs 11am – 12 noon, February 14, 2013 Thank you for this opportunity to discuss Canada’s current role in Mali. Let me start by saying that the cautious approach being taken by the Canadian government to events in Mali is welcome. Canada has provided heavy-lift air transport …

War Child launches campaign to protect childhood

Tasneem Jamal News

War Child has launched a campaign to protect the childhood of children living in war-affected communities worldwide. Read the news release below: Click here to view PDF of news release For immediate release: Tuesday, October, 23rd, 2012 – Toronto, ON – War Child is excited to launch a provocative new campaign on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 that draws attention to the …

2012 Armed Conflicts Report Summary

Tasneem Jamal Armed Conflicts

The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 33 Issue 3 In 2011, there were 26 active armed conflicts worldwide, an increase of two from the previous year. Two new conflicts were added and none were removed. A significant development in global armed conflict in 2011 was a series of pro-democracy movements—beginning in December 2010 and continuing throughout 2011—that swept the Middle East and …

‘Massive use of chemical agents’

Tasneem Jamal Asia, Conventional Weapons, Mideast, News

On Aug. 21, 2013, in and around the agricultural belt of the Ghouta, near the Syrian capital of Damascus, an attack on civilians involving the “massive use of chemical agents” was carried out by the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad, according to a report from the government of France. Although precise fatality figures are difficult to confirm, the chemical attack is …

Kony 2012: Now that we have your attention

John Siebert Africa, Conventional Weapons, Defence & Human Security, Forced Displacement and Migration, News

No sense just piling on. The Kony 2012 viral video has elevated awareness of Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army in Africa to stratospheric heights. Over the past few days the critics have weighed in, including many Ugandans. And the folks at Invisible Children, who created the 29-minute video, have responded. We all want the source of insecurity addressed—yes, Kony needs …

Damned Nations: Greed Guns Armies & Aid

Tasneem Jamal Conventional Weapons, News

We at Ploughshares highly recommend the new book by War Child’s Samantha Nutt, Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies, and Aid, the critically acclaimed account of her decades of work in some of the most devastated corners of the world. We were pleased to note that on page 153, she acknowledges the work of Project Ploughshares: “NGOs don’t have to be …