Murray Thomson: Peace Warrior

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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 …

Len Johnson: A General for Peace

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Author Ernie Regehr The late Major-General Leonard V. Johnson served in the Canadian armed forces from 1950 to 1984. Upon his retirement he wrote a well-received memoire, A General for Peace (Lorimer 1987), and became a committed advocate for disarmament and new approaches to national defence. He served as Chair of the Board of Project Ploughshares from 1989 to 1994. …

The Many Faces of War: As the Nature of Conflict Changes, Traditional Definitions of Warfare Fall Short

Tasneem Jamal Africa, Armed Conflicts

Author Ernie Regehr The Ploughshares Monitor Winter 2010 Volume 31 Issue 4 Between July 30 and August 4 this year, fighters of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda and elements of the Mai Mai, a local militia, entered Luvungi and surrounding villages in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and, in one extended weekend, raped 150 to 200 women …

Since We Can’t Beat the Taliban, Focus on Reconciliation

Tasneem Jamal Americas, Asia, Defence & Human Security

Author Ernie Regehr Published by The Globe and Mail online If Canada’s newly announced post-2011 military mission in Afghanistan is to amount to more than training Afghan forces for perpetual war, it needs to be accompanied by a parallel diplomatic surge in pursuit of a political settlement of the conflict. The Harper government’s continuing commitment to regional diplomacy is a …

Finally, We’re All Talking about Talking to the Taliban

Tasneem Jamal Americas, Asia, Defence & Human Security

Author Ernie Regehr Published by Embassy, an Ottawa-based foreign policy weekly “I told you so” is an unbecoming political posture, but NDP Leader Jack Layton could certainly be forgiven such thoughts when the subject turns to negotiating with the Taliban. Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his government once thought it clever to ridicule Mr. Layton’s call for talks. He didn’t …

Assuring We Don’t Help India Build Nukes

Tasneem Jamal Americas, Asia, Nuclear Weapons

Author Ernie Regehr Published by Embassy, an Ottawa-based foreign policy weekly The wisdom and benefits of strongly improved Canadian trade and political relations with India are obvious. But if civilian nuclear co-operation is to be a primary fixture and symbol of the normalization of Indo-Canadian relations, it should be built on the most robust of non-proliferation conditions.   Basic non-proliferation …

India Must Agree to Nuclear Restraints

Tasneem Jamal Asia, Nuclear Weapons

Author Ernie Regehr Published by the Waterloo Region Record The wisdom and benefits of strongly improved Canadian trade and political relations with India are obvious. But if civilian nuclear co-operation is to be a primary fixture and symbol of the normalization of long-term Indo-Canadian relations, it should be built on the most robust of non-proliferation conditions. Basic non-proliferation standards were …

More than Empty Promises at the NPT

Tasneem Jamal Nuclear Weapons

Author Ernie Regehr The Ploughshares Monitor Summer 2010 Volume 31 Issue 2 The storyline adopted by many nongovernmental organizations in the immediate wake of the 2010 Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) was one of “empty promises” (Deen 2010). But now, with broad expressions of disappointment out of the way, observers increasingly point to the …

The Canadian Forces and Peace Support Operations after 2011

Tasneem Jamal Defence & Human Security

Author Ernie Regehr The Ploughshares Monitor Autumn 2010 Volume 31 Issue 3 The following is an abbreviated version of Ernie Regehr’s June 15 presentation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on National Defence. Approaches to post-2011 roles for Canadian Forces outside North America will clearly be influenced by the Afghanistan experience. So when the Prime Minister told CNN in March …

The Canadian Forces and Peace Support Operations after 2011

Tasneem Jamal Defence & Human Security

Author Ernie Regehr Speaking Notes and presentation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on National Defence. Click here for minutes of the presentation Speaking Notes Presentation Speaking Notes Thanks very much for the opportunity to participate in this meeting today. I have provided a paper that I think has been distributed to the Committee, and I take this opportunity …