What’s new in the world of autonomous weapons?

Branka Marijan Americas, Conventional Weapons, Emerging Technologies, Europe, Featured

The call by some states and civil society for the regulation of autonomous weapons continues. But concern is also being expressed that investment and research in autonomous weapons systems are outpacing regulation. In advance of the August meetings of the Group of Governmental Experts at the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW), here’s an overview of recent developments. 1. The …

Fortress Europe

Tasneem Jamal Europe, Featured, Forced Displacement and Migration Leave a Comment

Understanding the June 2018 EU migration deal Following two days of fraught negotiations, EU leaders reached a key agreement on migration on June 29 that aims to alleviate rising tensions over the handling of the arrival of migrants on European shores. The electoral victories of right-wing, populist candidates—some, on an openly hostile anti-immigration agenda—have catapulted this issue to the forefront of …

A race to the bottom on migration

Cesar Jaramillo Africa, Asia, Europe, Featured, Forced Displacement and Migration

The European Union has recently weakened protections for migrants under the guise of cooperation, writes Cesar Jaramillo, warning of a downward trend. Mere hours before 100 African migrants drowned off the coast of Libya on June 29, European Union leaders appeared cautiously optimistic about a key agreement on migration struck at a two-day EU summit in Brussels. But the deal, which calls for the establishment …

The European Union outsources asylum policy and protection

Sonal Marwah Africa, Europe, Featured, Forced Displacement and Migration Leave a Comment

In a deal reached in March 2016 between the European Union (EU) and Turkey, “all new irregular migrants” who reached Greece after March 20 were to be returned to Turkey. In exchange the EU would resettle more Syrian refugees living in Turkey, increase its financial support for refugees in Turkey, and remove visa requirements for Turkish citizens (Collett 2016). To …

Northern Ireland’s peace process, post-Brexit

Branka Marijan Europe, Featured, News

On Thursday, June 23, British citizens voted to leave the European Union (EU). The impacts of the decision were immediately felt by global markets and led to political uncertainty on the continent. On Friday morning, the British pound fell to a 30-year low, the Canadian dollar a six-year low. Concerns about the future of the EU and possible dissolution of the …

Exploring the principle of the freedom of movement for refugees and migrants

Sonal Marwah Forced Displacement and Migration, News

I participated in the 9th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS), held in Winnipeg May 11–14. The conference explored the principle of freedom of movement, also examining the root causes of forced displacement, development challenges, conflict resolution, peacebuilding, human rights, and methods of knowledge production. It brought together more than 200 participants from …

Q&A with Idil Atak: Responding to the Syrian refugee crisis

Tasneem Jamal Asia, Forced Displacement and Migration, Mideast Leave a Comment

Author Sonal Marwah Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 37 Issue 1 Spring 2016 Sonal Marwah: Terms such as “irregular” or “illegal” are frequently used to describe the migration influx in Europe. Is this an accurate way of assessing the situation? Idil Atak: As a member of the Department of Criminology, I am not in favour of using the term ”illegal” because a …

Turkey – EU Relations: Can the slowdown be reversed?

Ploughshares Europe, News

Free Public Lecture Click on the image for a PDF. Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 6:30 – 8:00pm Seagram Room – Centre for International Governance Innovation 57 Erb Street West, Waterloo, ON Register by emailing KW@interculturaldialog.com Refreshments will be served. Speaker: Joost Lagendijk, a columnist for two Turkish daily newspapers and former Member of the European Parliament (EP), will be speaking …

The Nobel Peace Lecture. From war to peace: A European tale

Wendy Stocker Europe

The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 34 Issue 1 Spring 2013 At a time of uncertainty, this day reminds people across Europe and the world of the European Union’s fundamental purpose: to further the fraternity between European nations, now and in the future. It is our work today. It has been the work of generations before us. And it will be 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 …