Human rights must be safeguarded while fighting coronavirus

Branka Marijan Emerging Technologies, Featured

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.

In a welcome shift, Canada makes banning killer robots a foreign policy priority

Cesar Jaramillo Emerging Technologies

It sounds like the stuff of science fiction. Enabled by significant advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics, fully autonomous weapons systems with the ability to select targets and employ lethal force with no human involvement—also known as killer robots—may soon emerge.

Statement to the 74th Session of the General Assembly First Committee

Cesar Jaramillo Current Publication, Ploughshares Monitor, Space Security

Outer space now provides vast social, scientific, and economic benefits to humanity, but the continued enjoyment of these benefits is anything but guaranteed. As the number of space users and applications has increased, so too have the threats to its long-term sustainability.

A challenging nuclear disarmament landscape for 2020

Cesar Jaramillo Current Publication, Featured, Nuclear Weapons, Ploughshares Monitor

The next year will be critical in the attempt to achieve a world free of nuclear weapons—and the outlook is hardly promising. The global nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation regime, already at the breaking point, will certainly face various overlapping challenges.
Here are some focal points that Project Ploughshares will be following closely:

2019 Canadian federal election: Building peace in a conflicted world must be an issue

Cesar Jaramillo Current Publication, Ploughshares Monitor

By Cesar Jaramillo Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 40 Issue 3 Autumn 2019 Project Ploughshares works to create “a secure world without war, a just world at peace.” We focus on a few particular issues: the abolition of nuclear weapons, arms control, security in outer space, emerging military/security technologies, and the causes and effects of forced migration. The policies and …

Murray Thomson: Peace Warrior

Ploughshares Current Publication, News

Ploughshares Co-founder 1922-2019   “Murray modelled a life of commitment and high expectations. That covered active engagement in a wide range of causes aimed at human and planetary betterment, and while he was the progenitor of countless organizations and initiatives, those exemplary qualities shone through with particular intensity in his advocacy for a world without nuclear weapons—for a world, as …

The state of the nuclear disarmament/abolition regime

Cesar Jaramillo Current Publication, Featured, Nuclear Weapons

The last of three meetings in preparation for the 2020 Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), was held April 29-May 10 in New York. The fault lines in the architecture of the whole nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation regime seem to be growing deeper, more profound.

The protection of civilians: New process offers hope

Cesar Jaramillo Conventional Weapons, Current Publication, Featured

Today, armed conflict is more often being waged in urban areas. Urban warfare increases the likelihood of the use of explosive weapons in populated areas. Authoritative research has verified widespread use—by both state and non-state actors—in some of the most devastating contemporary conflicts.

Statement to the 3rd Preparatory Committee for the 2020 NPT Review Conference

Cesar Jaramillo Current Publication, Featured, Nuclear Weapons

Nearly fifty years after the entry into force of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the international community remains woefully distant from a credible process that would make even the most optimistic observer believe that the abolition of nuclear weapons is within sight. Read full text.