NPT RevCon: No outcome better than a weak one

Tasneem Jamal Nuclear Weapons

For many, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty is no longer a credible path to nuclear abolition Author Cesar Jaramillo Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 36 Issue 2 Summer 2015 Perhaps Bob Marley said it best: “you can fool some people sometimes, but you can’t fool all the people all the time.” And so, in the eyes of a growing number of nations and …

NPT Review Conference: No outcome document better than a weak one

Tasneem Jamal Nuclear Weapons

Author Cesar Jaramillo Published June 3, 2015 in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Perhaps Bob Marley sang it best: “[Y]ou can fool some people sometimes, but you can’t fool all the people all the time.” And so, in the eyes of a growing number of nations and civil society organizations around the world, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)—as currently …

Proliferation concerns secondary in nuclear deal with India

Tasneem Jamal Nuclear Weapons

Author Cesar Jaramillo Published April 29, 2015 in the Waterloo Region Record The uneven application of Canada’s nuclear non-proliferation standards is becoming increasingly apparent. For a country that has so vehemently decried the mere possibility that Iran might one day produce even a single nuclear weapon, Canada seems remarkably eager to supply uranium to India, a rogue nuclear weapons state …

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.  …