Canada’s Disarmament Conference Boycott is Ill-Advised

Cesar Jaramillo Americas, Nuclear Weapons

Author Cesar Jaramillo Published in the Waterloo Region Record Canada’s newly elected Conservative majority government seems to be wasting no time in taking a tough stance on foreign policy, but Canada’s decision to boycott the Conference on Disarmament during the presidency of North Korea sets a troubling precedent for the already dysfunctional disarmament forum. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said …

Preoccupation with Aggression: The Latest U.S. National Security Space Strategy

Tasneem Jamal Americas, Space Security

Author Cesar Jaramillo The Ploughshares Monitor Spring 2011 Volume 32 Issue 1 The unclassified summary of the National Security Space Strategy (NSSS), newly released by the US Department of Defense (2011), combines lofty goals with dubious tactics. While it states that the United States will support the establishment of norms of behaviour for the responsible use of space, it also …

From START to Zero: The Importance—and Limitations—of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty

Tasneem Jamal Nuclear Weapons

Author Cesar Jaramillo The Ploughshares Monitor Winter 2010 Volume 31 Issue 4 The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), signed by US President Obama and Russian President Medvedev in April 2010 but not yet ratified, further reduces the strategic nuclear arms limits of previous bilateral treaties and institutes a more robust verification regime. While the provisions of this treaty foster …

Report Outlines Trends and Developments in Space Security

Tasneem Jamal News, Space Security

A newly issued study provides a comprehensive source of data and analysis on space activities and their cumulative impact on the security of outer space. Space Security 2010 is an appraisal released by the Space Security Index, an international research consortium that aims to improve transparency with respect to space activities and to support the development of national and international …

How Secure Was Space in 2009?

Cesar Jaramillo Space Security

Author Cesar Jaramillo The Ploughshares Monitor Autumn 2010 Volume 31 Issue 3 The complete Space Security 2010 report can be found here. This article will focus on a few of the major findings for 2009. The newly published Space Security 2010 is the seventh annual report on trends and developments related to security in outer space. It is part of the …

New Competition for a Space Security Regime

Cesar Jaramillo Space Security

Author Cesar Jaramillo The Ploughshares Monitor Summer 2010 Volume 31 Issue 2 The many challenges facing the long-term sustainability of outer space go beyond militarization and potential weaponization. Although the prevention of an arms race in outer space (PAROS) remains the main priority for those involved with policy development for space activities at different multilateral forums, growing attention is being given …

Seize the Day: Civil Society Recommendations to the Canadian Government to Advance Nuclear Disarmament

Tasneem Jamal Nuclear Weapons

Author Cesar Jaramillo The Ploughshares Monitor Spring 2010 Volume 31 Issue 1 On January 25-26, experts including academics, civil society representatives, and government officials convened in Ottawa for a conference entitled “Practical Steps to Zero Nuclear Weapons.” The event was sponsored by a coalition of Canadian civil society organizations, including Project Ploughshares,1 and sought to address current challenges and opportunities facing …

In Defence of the PPWT Treaty: Toward a Space Weapons Ban

Cesar Jaramillo Space Security

Author Cesar Jaramillo The Ploughshares Monitor Winter 2009 Volume 30 Issue 4 The draft Treaty on Prevention of the Placement of Weapons in Outer Space and of the Threat or Use of Force against Outer Space Objects (PPWT) (CD 2008), jointly introduced to the Conference on Disarmament (CD) by Russia and China in 2008, constituted a welcome step toward the non-weaponization …

New Report Examines Space Security Issues

Tasneem Jamal Space Security

A newly issued study provides a comprehensive source of data and analysis on space activities and their cumulative impact on the security of outer space. Space Security 2009 has been jointly released by Project Ploughshares and Secure World Foundation on behalf of the Space Security Index, an international research consortium. This is the sixth annual report on trends and developments …