SPECIAL REPORT – Killer optics: Exports of WESCAM sensors to Turkey

Kelsey Gallagher Conventional Weapons, Featured

Since 2017, Turkey has been a major customer for WESCAM products, second only to the United States. During this time, the Turkish military has not only been active in trying to put down an insurgency in southeast Turkey, but has become increasingly involved in armed conflicts in Syria, Iraq, and Libya.

Canada’s half-decade mission in Iraq

Kelsey Gallagher Featured

In the fall of 2014, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Operation IMPACT, Canada’s military contribution to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. Approaching its sixth anniversary, Operation IMPACT is Canada’s most significant military operation since the war in Afghanistan.

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 …

Nobel Peace Lectures 2018

Ploughshares Current Publication, News

Combating War Crimes Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 40 Issue 1 Spring 2019 “Both laureates have made a crucial contribution to focusing attention on, and combating, war crimes. Denis Mukwege is the helper who has devoted his life to defending these victims. Nadia Murad is the witness who tells of the abuses perpetrated against herself and others. Each of them in …

Canada’s policy on airstrikes: What does it mean?

Tasneem Jamal Americas, Conventional Weapons, Featured, News

By Philip MacFie The Canadian government has decided to remove its F-18 fighter jets from Iraq and make a different contribution to the coalition against ISIS. Policymakers have offered the public and international partners a rationale for the transition, but is this line of reasoning adequate? The government’s position The Liberal Party platform for the 2015 federal election promised: “We …

Short-term gain for long-term pain

Tasneem Jamal Americas, Asia, Defence & Human Security, Mideast

Author John Siebert Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 35 Issue 4 Winter 2014 Canada’s contribution to peace in Iraq and Syria and the challenge of Islamic State On October 3, 2014 a statement was sent by Project Ploughshares to the Government of Canada and parliamentarians on the proposed military mission to Iraq. Entitled “Short-term gain for long-term pain—Canada’s challenge …

Short-term gain for long-term pain – Canada’s Challenge in responding to Islamic State

Tasneem Jamal Americas, Asia, Defence & Human Security, Mideast

By John Siebert October 3 The expressed desire by Canada to act forthrightly and without ambiguity in the face of Islamic State (IS) atrocities is understandable. But 13 years after the horrific assaults of 9/11 we have enough experience with military interventions intended to combat terrorism to give us pause. A military response to a non-state group using terror to …

Update on Iraq: Small Arms Continue to Wreak Havoc

Tasneem Jamal

Author Lynne Griffiths-Fulton The Ploughshares Monitor Autumn 2004 Volume 25 Issue 3 In the Autumn 2003 issue of The Ploughshares Monitor, David Jackman wrote about the devastating effects that small arms were having on Iraq. Now, over a year later, the problems have worsened, with small arms continuing to kill and maim people on a daily basis. Drive-by shootings and rocket-propelled …

Will Iraqi Hopes be Dashed? Reflections on a Visit

Tasneem Jamal

Author Bill Janzen The Ploughshares Monitor Winter 2003 Volume 24 Issue 4 Bill Janzen is the director of the Ottawa Office of Mennonite Central Committee Canada and a member of the Project Ploughshares board. He visited Iraq in 1994, 1999, and in September of 2003. As I read the daily reports about the bombings and the growing resistance in Iraq, I …

Small Arms and Security in Iraq

Tasneem Jamal

Author David Jackman The Ploughshares Monitor Autumn 2003 Volume 24 Issue 3 David Jackman is a private consultant on peacebuilding, small arms control and conflict management. In 2002 he served as Quaker Associate Regional Representative in the Middle East. He remains actively involved in small arms issues in the region. This article is based on a paper presented at the conference …