Canadian Council of Churches calls on Canada to support diplomacy in Syria

Tasneem Jamal Asia, Defence & Human Security, Mideast

Letter (in English, French) on Syria dated September 19, 2013 from The Canadian Council of Churches to John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada Please click on attachment to view document             Letter (in English, French) on Crises in Middle East dated May 17, 2013 from The Canadian Council of Churches to …

Canadian arms exports to Egypt: fudging the figures

Kenneth Epps Africa, Americas, Conventional Weapons, Mideast, News

The current crisis in Egypt is complex and fluid. To date Canada’s response has been measured, but understanding the situation and Canada’s role in Egypt is not improved by misrepresentation of relevant facts. A recent article in The Globe and Mail noted: “Canadian companies have exported small amounts of military equipment to Egypt, worth less than $1-million a year on …

Is a nuclear-free Middle East an achievable goal?

Cesar Jaramillo Asia, Mideast, Nuclear Weapons

Author Cesar Jaramillo The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 33 Issue 4 For almost 40 years, a nuclear-weapons-free Mideast has been an aspiration of the international community The decision to convene a conference “to be attended by all States of the Middle East, on the establishment of a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons and all other weapons of mass destruction” (2010 …

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. …

Familiar Opening Scenes: Libya is rid of Gadhafi, but will Canadian Forces soon be bogged down in another Afghanistan?

John Siebert Africa, Americas, Asia, Defence & Human Security, Mideast

Author John Siebert The Ploughshares Monitor Autumn 2011 Volume 32 Issue 3 It may be churlish to begrudge Prime Minister Harper some self-congratulatory hyperbole for the Canadian military’s contribution to the civil war in Libya. On August 21, the rebel forces, supported by NATO airstrikes since March, swept the capital of Tripoli. Moammar Gadhafi and his regime were no longer …

The Nuclear Puzzle: Obama is looking for a new policy on Iran that stresses inspection standards

Tasneem Jamal Americas, Asia, Mideast, Nuclear Weapons

Author Ernie Regehr Published by the Waterloo Region Record It is still at the trial balloon stage, but the administration of President Barack Obama is testing the idea of a significant shift in American policy on Iran. Instead of continuing its single-minded focus on halting Iran’s uranium enrichment, an activity that breaks no international law or principle, Washington is wisely …

A Roundtable on Nuclear Issues in Relation to Iran

Tasneem Jamal Asia, Mideast, Nuclear Weapons

Authors Ernie Regehr and Bill Janzen Working Paper 09-1 This paper reports on the proceedings of a roundtable organized by Project Ploughshares, the Mennonite Central Committee Canada, the University of Ottawa and the Iranian embassy in Ottawa. The objective of the roundtable was to deepen common understanding of Iran’s nuclear policies and perspectives, to offer Canadian perspectives on nuclear non-proliferation …

Talking to Iran about Nuclear Nonproliferation

Tasneem Jamal Asia, Mideast, Nuclear Weapons

The Ploughshares Monitor Autumn 2008 Volume 29 Issue 3 Last March Project Ploughshares hosted a roundtable on Nuclear Issues in Relation to Iran. It was organized in cooperation with the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and the Ottawa Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The 24 participants included officials and scholars from Iran and from the Embassy of Iran. Canadian participants …

Israel-Lebanon (Hezbollah) (2006 – 2007)

Ploughshares Archived Conflicts, Armed Conflicts, Asia

Archived conflict (updated: February 2007) This conflict has been removed from the report since, while political instabilities within Lebanon continue to grow, the conflict between Lebanon and Israel has all but dissipated. There were no deaths as a result of this conflict in 2007, and rebuilding efforts began throughout Lebanon with funds from Israel, Qatar, Iran, Hezbollah, and the Lebanese …

Iraq – Kurds (1961 – 2004)

Ploughshares Archived Conflicts, Armed Conflicts, Asia, Mideast

Archived conflict (updated: January 2005) In 2004, the armed conflict between Kurdish separatists and the Iraqi government was overtaken by the US-led war of occupation of Iraq and the removal of the government of Saddam Hussein in early 2003. Summary Type of Conflict Parties to the Conflict Status of the Fighting Number of Deaths Political Developments Background Arms Sources   …