It’s not too late to save the Iran nuclear deal

Cesar Jaramillo Featured, Nuclear Weapons, Ploughshares Monitor

Donald Trump opposed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA or Iran nuclear deal) even before he became President of the United States. Despite his hostility, the deal survived his term in office, although not unscathed. Now new President Joe Biden is cautiously optimistic that it can be salvaged. But steps to preserve the deal must be taken immediately, before the already narrow window of opportunity fully closes.

Canada must resist U.S. efforts to further undermine the Iran nuclear deal

Cesar Jaramillo Featured, News, Nuclear Weapons

The Iran nuclear deal has long been derided by U.S. President Donald Trump, whose actions have already jeopardized some of the concrete security dividends of the hard-won agreement. But his latest move constitutes a clear affront to international law that must be rejected, especially by countries like Canada that express strong support for a rules-based multilateral order. A flexible view …

A challenging nuclear disarmament landscape for 2020

Cesar Jaramillo Current Publication, Featured, Nuclear Weapons, Ploughshares Monitor

The next year will be critical in the attempt to achieve a world free of nuclear weapons—and the outlook is hardly promising. The global nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation regime, already at the breaking point, will certainly face various overlapping challenges.
Here are some focal points that Project Ploughshares will be following closely:

How rising tensions between the United States and Iran threaten Iraq

Ploughshares Current Publication, Mideast

By Murtadha Faraj Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 40 Issue 3 Autumn 2019 The decades-old hostility between the United States and Iran escalated when U.S. President Donald Trump decided to unilaterally withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) and reimpose sanctions on Iran in May 2018. Iraq has political, economic, and security ties …

Iran Deal a Necessary Step

Cesar Jaramillo Asia, Mideast, Nuclear Weapons

Author Cesar Jaramillo Published by Embassy, an Ottawa-based foreign policy weekly. When the dust has settled, the fact will remain that the interim agreement reached on Nov. 24 in Geneva concerning Iran’s nuclear program was the best deal the international community could get. As uncertain as its success may be, the reality is that no better alternative was attainable. The negotiations …

Canada’s puzzling diplomatic stumbling

Cesar Jaramillo Americas, Nuclear Weapons

Author Cesar Jaramillo Published in the Waterloo Region Record If Canada’s abrupt move to sever diplomatic ties with Iran was driven by a desire to deliver a strong, unequivocal message about how it conducts foreign policy, then mission accomplished. In case any doubt remains, let us spell it out: Stephen Harper’s Conservative government has jettisoned Canada’s hard-earned international standing as a …

Would an attack on Iran be legal?

Cesar Jaramillo Americas, Asia, Conventional Weapons, Defence & Human Security, Mideast, News

Conspicuously absent from most analyses on the prospect of military action against Iran over its nuclear program is the question of whether an attack by the U.S. or Israel would be consistent with international law. Concerns raised in Western policymaking circles regarding a military intervention in Iran have little to do with its legality. Typically cited are the staggering costs …

The Nuclear Menace

Tasneem Jamal Nuclear Weapons

Author Cesar Jaramillo The Ploughshares Monitor Winter 2011 Volume 32 Issue 4 This article first appeared in the Waterloo Region Record on Nov. 24 2011. The latest report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Iran’s nuclear program has increased the already inflammatory rhetoric against the Islamic Republic. The West is calling for tougher sanctions while reiterating that all …

All Nuclear Weapons Must Go

Cesar Jaramillo Nuclear Weapons

Author Cesar Jaramillo Published in the Waterloo Region Record The latest report from the International Atomic Energy Agency on Iran’s nuclear program has increased the already inflammatory rhetoric against the Islamic Republic. The West is calling for tougher sanctions while reiterating that all options — including military force — are on the table. Certainly, Iran’s lack of transparency regarding its …

Iran, Pakistan and Nuclear Ambitions

Tasneem Jamal Asia, Mideast, Nuclear Weapons

Author Nicole Waintraub The Ploughshares Monitor Autumn 2011 Volume 32 Issue 3 Nicole Waintraub was an intern with Project Ploughshares from September 2010 to August 2011. Developments in Iran’s nuclear program are often viewed from the perspective of North American and European policy priorities. Here I explore the issue from the perspective of one of Iran’s most embroiled neighbours: Pakistan. …