The humanitarian and political struggle to ban the bomb

Wendy Stocker News, Nuclear Weapons

By Cesar Jaramillo Not only is the risk of a nuclear weapons detonation—whether by accident, miscalculation, or design—higher than commonly understood, but it is actually increasing over time. This was among the sobering conclusions in the Chair’s Summary from the third Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, hosted by the Austrian government on December 8-9, 2014. Delegates from …

Q&A: The mounting push for nuclear abolition

Tasneem Jamal Nuclear Weapons

Author Cesar Jaramillo Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 35 Issue 3 Autumn 2014 Ploughshares Program Officer Cesar Jaramillo talks with Beatrice Fihn, who is the Executive Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and based in Geneva. CJ: Let’s begin with a bit about ICAN. What can you tell us about the primary objectives, strategies, and membership of the campaign? BF: ICAN …

The problem of nuclear weapons

Tasneem Jamal Nuclear Weapons

Author Ramesh Thakur Professor Ramesh Thakur, former UN Assistant Secretary-General, is director of the Centre for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament at Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University. Recent publications include Nuclear Weapons: The State of Play (co-edited with Gareth Evans, 2013), Nuclear Politics (co-edited with Maria Rost Rublee, 2014), and Nuclear Weapons and International Security (forthcoming, 2015). Published in …

A principled nuclear disarmament policy for Canada

Cesar Jaramillo Americas, Nuclear Weapons

Authors  Cesar Jaramillo and Setsuko Thurlow Published by Embassy, an Ottawa-based foreign policy weekly. As the prospect for a comprehensive legal ban on nuclear weapons seems to be moving from aspiration to reality, a window of opportunity is open for Canada—hitherto a spoiler rather than a constructive participant in this process—to signal a new direction in its nuclear disarmament  policy. From April …

Canadian Council of Churches Letter on Nuclear Weapons

Ploughshares Nuclear Weapons

The Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) has written to Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, requesting that the Canadian government take specific steps during the Preparatory Committee of the Non-Proliferation Treaty meeting, 28 April – 9 May 2014, at the United Nations. The CCC asks that the government highlight, affirm or acknowledge in its statements the following: affirm the new momentum …

NPDI Matters

Tasneem Jamal Nuclear Weapons

Author Susi Snyder Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative recommendations from PAX (Netherlands) The Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative (NPDI) is a group of twelve countries, including Canada, “that are actively engaged in disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control discussions, both inside and outside the NPT framework.” The following paper gives recommendations for the Ministerial meeting that will be held in Hiroshima in April …

Disarmament: Old Challenges, New Opportunities

Ploughshares News, Nuclear Weapons

By Angela Kane, United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Event Hosted by Centre for International Policy Studies, University of Ottawa and Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention Ottawa, Canada 4 December 2013 I am very grateful to the University of Ottawa’s Centre for International Policy Studies for hosting this event, in partnership with Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention.  …

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 …

Teaching resources on peace and disarmament: Lessons from the classroom

Ploughshares Defence & Human Security, Nuclear Weapons

Author Anna Jaikaran Anna Jaikaran belongs to no2nuclearweapons, a small Toronto group working toward nuclear disarmament through public education. The group has been giving presentations in high schools since 2010. Anna is also a member of Science for Peace and the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, and is a Campaigner for the 2020 Vision Campaign of Mayors for Peace. Ploughshares Monitor …

Iran’s nuclear program and the international community

Cesar Jaramillo Nuclear Weapons

The international standoff over Iran’s nuclear program: Q&A with Yousaf Butt By Cesar Jaramillo The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 34 Issue 3 Autumn 2013 Few countries have had their nuclear programs subjected to as much scrutiny and media attention as has Iran. Yet key questions about the nature and extent of this program remain unanswered or in dispute. Some Western countries accuse Iran of …