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 …

Syria (2011 – first combat deaths)

Ploughshares Armed Conflicts, Asia, Mideast

Syria (2011 – first combat deaths)     The Conflict at a Glance Who (are the main combatants): The Syrian Armed Forces and militia groups loyal to the Bashar Assad regime versus a diverse and disjointed opposition. Some rebel groups, such as the Free Syrian Army, have drawn on defections from the Syrian Armed Forces for strength, while emerging Islamist …

Turkey (2003 — first combat deaths for this phase of the conflict)

Ploughshares Armed Conflicts, Europe, Mideast

Turkey (2003 — first combat deaths for this phase of the conflict)     The Conflict at a Glance Who (are the main combatants): The government of Turkey is in conflict with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which contains a militant wing with ties in northern Iraq. The PKK is viewed as a terrorist organization by Turkey and other countries, including …

Yemen (2004 – first combat deaths)

Ploughshares Armed Conflicts, Asia, Mideast

Yemen (2004 – first combat deaths) The Conflict at a Glance Who (are the main combatants): The government of Yemen, with the support of pro-government militias, against Houthi rebels, southern separatists and the Southern Movement, and Ansar al Sharia, associated with al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). What (started the conflict): The government was attempting to create a monopoly on …

Israel-Palestine (1948 – first combat deaths)

Ploughshares Armed Conflicts, Asia, Mideast

Israel-Palestine (1948 – first combat deaths)   The Conflict at a Glance Who (are the main combatants): The government of Israel, with strong support from the United States, opposes the governing authorities of the Occupied Palestinian Territory. The Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO/Fatah), is in charge of the West Bank, while Hamas controls the Gaza Strip. In 2014, Fatah and Hamas formed …

Iraq (2003 – first combat deaths)

Ploughshares Armed Conflicts, Asia, Mideast

Iraq (2003 – first combat deaths)   The Conflict at a Glance Who (are the main combatants): The government of Iraq, supported by the Iraqi forces and the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), versus Shia and Sunni Muslim armed factions. What (started the conflict): Various factions are fighting for control of the state. Fighting has frequently taken the form …

Egypt (2011 – first combat deaths)

Ploughshares Africa, Armed Conflicts, Mideast

Egypt (2011 – first combat deaths)     Conflict at a Glance Who (are the main combatants): Since 2011, Egypt has experienced dramatic social upheaval and shifts in power. Control over the country has vacillated between the military Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF), which has acted independently of the President, and its allies, and various Islamic groups, pro-democracy actors, and their …

Is war ever justified? Workshop

Ploughshares Africa, Archived Events, Asia, Europe, Mideast, News Leave a Comment

In Niagara Falls on October 26 Ploughshares Executive Director John Siebert and Intern Charmila Ireland facilitated a workshop on the question “Is war ever justified?” The event was organized by the Presbytery of Niagara of the Presbyterian Church in Canada (PCC) and the Norma Goldsmith Lay School of Theology. More than a dozen people with a wide range of knowledge, …