Canada and Saudi Arabia: An arms deal no matter what

Cesar Jaramillo Americas, Asia, Conventional Weapons, Featured, Mideast

Seven months after disturbing footage appeared to show Canadian-made armoured vehicles being used against civilians in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, Global Affairs Canada announced the results of the investigation it launched into the alleged abuses. Addressing the House Foreign Affairs Committee in February, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland announced that there was “no conclusive evidence” that Canadian equipment had been …

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

Cesar Jaramillo Featured, Nuclear Weapons

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 …

Sixty years on, the Pugwash work on global security continues

Cesar Jaramillo Nuclear Weapons

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 …

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

Cesar Jaramillo Americas, Conventional Weapons, Featured

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

Cesar Jaramillo Nuclear Weapons

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 …

A Remarkable Year

Cesar Jaramillo Featured

What a year. As Project Ploughshares marked four decades of continuous work in 2016, we witnessed often convoluted global developments that affected virtually all areas of our work on international peace and security. And we have been busy. Not only striving to produce evidence-based research, but communicating the policy implications of such research to a wide range of stakeholders—in and …

Sustainable development for sustainable peace

Cesar Jaramillo

Efforts aimed at reducing armed violence and decreasing the international community’s reliance on military force to tackle political grievances have been—and will continue to be—central to the work of Project Ploughshares. At the same time, we have long recognized that, as important and necessary as such efforts may be, they are insufficient to achieve sustainable peace. Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume …

The nuclear disarmament status quo: Not acceptable

Tasneem Jamal News, Nuclear Weapons

Don’t look now, but a major power struggle is taking shape at the highest levels of multilateral diplomacy. At issue: the blatant disregard of nuclear-weapons states of their obligation to disarm under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 37 Issue 2 Summer 2016 by Cesar Jaramillo The latest showdown was at the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) to Take …

Forty years working for peace, justice and security

Tasneem Jamal Leave a Comment

Author Cesar Jaramillo Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 37 Issue 1 Spring 2016 Imagine being a young Saudi national. A civilian. The regime you have lived under your whole life is one of the worst human rights offenders on the planet. You and many of your acquaintances quietly crave democratic reform. Democracy is a dangerous, subversive topic. Fear is ubiquitous; the government …

A test of our humanity

Tasneem Jamal

Author Cesar Jaramillo From the Director’s desk Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 36 Issue 4 Winter 2015 The international introspection that followed the 1994 Rwandan genocide seemed a genuine effort to comprehend how the global community of nations could have allowed the violent deaths of hundreds of thousands of human beings—despite abundant warning signs about the impending violence. After the blood had …