Obama’s second chance at nuclear disarmament

Wendy Stocker Americas, Nuclear Weapons

Author Cesar Jaramillo The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 34 Issue 1 Spring 2013  Achieving complete and irreversible nuclear disarmament has been an unequivocal aspiration of the international community since the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) entered into force more than four decades ago. No one state can hope to achieve this goal unilaterally. But one thing seems clear: a world free of …

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 …

A foreign policy for the few

Cesar Jaramillo Americas, Defence & Human Security, News, Nuclear Weapons

If asked to comment on Canada’s recent controversial vote at the UN General Assembly, I would be hard pressed to pinpoint the exact vote referred to. Of course, I could request further information. “The UNGA resolution that Canada voted against,” the interrogator might say. “But which?” I would respond. “The resolution that was overwhelmingly supported by the vast majority of …

Transparency and Accountability – NPT Reporting 2002-2012

Tasneem Jamal Nuclear Weapons

Author Cesar Jaramillo The indefinite extension of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) in 1995 was agreed to in the context of a collective commitment by States Parties to strengthening the Treaty’s review process and, in particular, with a heightened sense of the need for mutual accountability in the implementation and furtherance of the aims of the Treaty. In 2000 states …

Canada’s puzzling diplomatic stumbling

Cesar Jaramillo Americas, Nuclear Weapons

Author Cesar Jaramillo Published in the Waterloo Region Record If Canada’s abrupt move to sever diplomatic ties with Iran was driven by a desire to deliver a strong, unequivocal message about how it conducts foreign policy, then mission accomplished. In case any doubt remains, let us spell it out: Stephen Harper’s Conservative government has jettisoned Canada’s hard-earned international standing as a …

The big nuclear spin

Cesar Jaramillo News, Nuclear Weapons

The irony couldn’t be more profound. The primary obstacle facing global efforts to rid the world of the most destructive weapons ever created is the intransigence of the very states primarily tasked with the maintenance of international peace and security. The five permanent members  of the UN Security Council (P5)—which are also the sole possessors of nuclear arsenals among parties …

Statement presented to the PrepCom for the 2015 NPT Review Conference on behalf of international civil society organizations

Cesar Jaramillo Nuclear Weapons

Statement on the shortcomings of the nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation regime presented to the Preparatory Committee for the 2015 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference, April 30 – May 11, 2012 in Vienna. Delivered on May 2, 2012 by Cesar Jaramillo from Project Ploughshares, Canada. Mr. Chairman, Distinguished Delegates: I am pleased and privileged to address this Committee. International civil society …

Would an attack on Iran be legal?

Cesar Jaramillo Americas, Asia, Conventional Weapons, Defence & Human Security, Mideast, News

Conspicuously absent from most analyses on the prospect of military action against Iran over its nuclear program is the question of whether an attack by the U.S. or Israel would be consistent with international law. Concerns raised in Western policymaking circles regarding a military intervention in Iran have little to do with its legality. Typically cited are the staggering costs …

The Nuclear Menace

Tasneem Jamal Nuclear Weapons

Author Cesar Jaramillo The Ploughshares Monitor Winter 2011 Volume 32 Issue 4 This article first appeared in the Waterloo Region Record on Nov. 24 2011. The latest report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Iran’s nuclear program has increased the already inflammatory rhetoric against the Islamic Republic. The West is calling for tougher sanctions while reiterating that all …

All Nuclear Weapons Must Go

Cesar Jaramillo Nuclear Weapons

Author Cesar Jaramillo Published in the Waterloo Region Record The latest report from the International Atomic Energy Agency on Iran’s nuclear program has increased the already inflammatory rhetoric against the Islamic Republic. The West is calling for tougher sanctions while reiterating that all options — including military force — are on the table. Certainly, Iran’s lack of transparency regarding its …