Why a peace treaty, not just denuclearization, should be the goal for the Korean peninsula

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Despite all eyes on the showing of unity between the Koreas at the Pyeongchang Games this month, North Korea’s nuclear program remains the elephant in the Olympic-sized room.   And here’s the uncomfortable truth: it is unlikely that the international community’s current approach to the crisis with North Korea — further sanctions coupled with sabre rattling — will turn back the …

We cannot and do not support Bill C-47 in its current form

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Remarks to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development— November 2, 2017 By Cesar Jaramillo, Executive Director, Project Ploughshares Good afternoon. My name is Cesar Jaramillo and I am the executive director of Project Ploughshares. Thank you very much for the kind invitation to address this Committee. For decades, efforts to better regulate illicit or …

Nuclear disarmament: The best of times and the worst of times

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As 2017 draws to a close, two ostensibly contradictory yet coexisting realities define the global nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation regime. Each brims with intensity, the likes of which have not been observed in decades. Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 38 Issue 4 Winter 2017 by Cesar Jaramillo A serious threat On the one hand, the threat of nuclear-weapons use, by miscalculation …

Outer Space Security: Statement to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly First Committee

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Chair, today is an auspicious day to address this Committee on the security of outer space. On this very date, October 10th, the Outer Space Treaty—the bedrock of international space law—entered into force exactly 50 years ago. Outer space now provides vast social, scientific, and economic benefits to humanity. But the sustainability of this critical domain also faces critical challenges. …

Outer Space Security: Statement to the 72nd Session of the UNGA First Committee

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Chair, Today is an auspicious day to address this Committee on the security of outer space. On this very date, October 10th, the Outer Space Treaty—the bedrock of international space law—entered into force exactly 50 years ago. Outer space now provides vast social, scientific and economic benefits to humanity. But the sustainability of this critical domain also faces critical challenges. …

Sixty years on, the Pugwash work on global security continues

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From August 25-29, international security experts from more than 45 countries convened in Astana, Kazakhstan, for the Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs. Under the theme “Confronting New Nuclear Dangers,” the conference reflected on some of the most pressing challenges to global security. The event in Astana marked the 60th anniversary of the first Pugwash Conference, held in the …

South Sudan’s troubled path to statehood

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Q&A: In conversation with Geoffrey Duke In 2011, the Republic of South Sudan became the newest country in the world when the southern Sudanese voted in a referendum to split from the largely Arab north. For many years before that, Project Ploughshares was involved in efforts to end a long civil war in Sudan and to foster peacebuilding, including direct …

Canada’s ATT legislation: A loophole you could drive a tank through

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For years Project Ploughshares has had deep concerns about the arrangement under which Canada exports military goods to the United States. This arrangement, which has long exempted the United States from licensing and reporting requirements applicable to every other destination, undermines oft-repeated claims from successive governments about the strength of Canada’s military export controls regime. As stated in the annual …

Six spurious arguments against a nuclear-weapons ban

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This year’s multilateral negotiations toward a legally binding prohibition on nuclear weapons reflect a growing global recognition that a nuclear-weapons ban is an integral part of the normative framework necessary to achieve and maintain a world free of nuclear weapons. For some observers of nuclear issues, in and out of government, they also constitute a welcome disruption of an otherwise …

We cannot turn a blind eye to the weaponization of space

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The many challenges facing the outer space domain can be generally grouped into two broad categories. On the one hand, there are those related to the risks that result from normal peaceful space operations, such us unintentional interference with space assets. On the other, there are clear risks associated with a potential arms race in outer space. While there is …