Reviving Canada’s Lead on Nuclear Disarmament

Tasneem Jamal

Authors Ernie Regehr and Douglas Roche Published by Embassy, an Ottawa-based foreign policy weekly NATO debates over Afghanistan, eastward expansion, and ballistic missile defence at last week’s summit in Bucharest made it clear that old suspicions and tensions between East and West have not disappeared. At the core of those suspicions remain huge stockpiles of nuclear weapons. While the final …

Nuclear Disarmament or Nuclear Ambivalence?

Tasneem Jamal

Author Ernie Regehr The Ploughshares Monitor Winter 2007 Volume 28 Issue 4 Global Public Opinion on Nuclear Weapons, a new public opinion survey of six key states, reveals a challenging ambivalence toward nuclear weapons: it seems that people in nuclear weapon states think that these weapons make the world more dangerous but them safer. Some 80 per cent of Americans think …

Reviving the Nuclear Disarmament Agenda

Tasneem Jamal

The Ploughshares Monitor Winter 2006 Volume 27 Issue 4 This article is drawn from a joint brief by Veterans Against Nuclear Arms (VANA) and Project Ploughshares. The nuclear threat has not gone the way of the Berlin Wall. In the immediate post-Cold War period there were significant and welcome reductions in nuclear arsenals, but there are currently still about 27,000 nuclear …

Rebuilding Confidence in the NPT: Resolving the NATO-NPT Contradictions

Tasneem Jamal

Author Ernie Regehr The Ploughshares Monitor Spring 2005 Volume 26 Issue 1 That the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty is under severe strain is not in doubt. The Treaty’s three basic provisions mean that it is rightly described as a cornerstone of global security. First, it reinforces a clear global norm against the legitimacy of nuclear weapons. Second, while it encourages the development …

Bridging the Divide: Addressing key challenges to the NPT

Tasneem Jamal

Author Bill Robinson Working Paper 05-3 Prepared on behalf of The Canadian Pugwash Group, Physicians for Global Survival, Project Ploughshares, Lawyers for Social Responsibility, and the Middle Powers Initiative. The persistent and serious erosion of confidence in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) means that the Treaty is in crisis and that the 2005 Treaty Review Conference must begin to rebuild …

Rebuilding Confidence in the NPT: Resolving the NATO-NPT contradiction

Tasneem Jamal

Author Ernie Regehr Working Paper 05-4 That the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) is under severe strain is not in doubt. The Treaty’s three basic provisions – disarmament, non-proliferation and nuclear energy – are challenged by a NATO strategic concept that defends the usefulness of nuclear weapons for defence. One group of states with a particular responsibility to restore the vision …

Canada and NATO: An Opportunity for Leadership

Tasneem Jamal

Author Sarah Estabrooks A brief to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade. As an agency of the Canadian Council of Churches, Project Ploughshares has during the past four years supported an international Church initiative to encourage non-nuclear states within NATO to support a review and revision of NATO’s nuclear doctrine in order to bring …

A New Bridging Role for Canada

Tasneem Jamal

Briefing 02-7 Author Douglas Roche On October 25, 2002 in the United Nations First Committee, Canada pushed the green yes button on the New Agenda Coalition omnibus resolution, L.3, Revision 1. This was no ordinary vote. For Canada was the only NATO country to support the resolution. What does this action say about the New Agenda, NATO, and Canada itself? …

World Council of Churches Addresses NATO’s Nuclear Policy

Tasneem Jamal

The text of a letter sent by the World Council of Churches to NATO member states on the occasion of the NATO Summit held in Prague, November 21-22, 2002. The letter, drafted by Project Ploughshares, notes the conflict between NATO’s obligations to the NPT and its commitment to retain nuclear weapons indefinitely. November 14, 2002 I write on behalf of …

Canada and Nuclear Weapons: Canadian policies related to, and connections to, nuclear weapons

Tasneem Jamal

Author Bill Robinson Working Paper 02-5 Nearly sixty years after the advent of the nuclear age, Canada still maintains a fundamentally ambiguous policy toward nuclear weapons. The Canadian government rules out acquiring its own nuclear weapons, opposes nuclear proliferation, and asserts that “the only sustainable strategy for the future is the elimination of nuclear weapons entirely.”2 But it also supports …