Canada and Ballistic Missile Defence

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Author Ernie Regehr The Ploughshares Monitor Summer 2003 Volume 24 Issue 2 A version of this report was presented to the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade in June 2003. BMD and the responsibility to protect The appeal of ballistic missile defence (BMD) is obvious. What responsible government would not want to shield its people from attack by nuclear-armed …

Canada and Ballistic Missile Defence

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Presentation to the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade INTRODUCTION: BMD AND THE RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT The appeal of BMD is obvious. What responsible government would not want to shield its people from attack by nuclear-armed missiles if such protection was available? The responsibility to protect is a paramount function of government, but as the Canadian-sponsored Commission on …

The Responsibility to Protect: Ethical and theological reflections

Tasneem Jamal

In February 2001, the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC) adopted a document entitled The protection of endangered populations in situations of armed violence: toward an ecumenical ethical approach (PEP). Last June, the International Affairs, Peace and Human Security Team of the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA) produced this report on the February 2001 …

Norms and the Responsibility to Protect

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In December 2001, the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS) released its report entitled The Responsibility to Protect. Since its release, the report has generated mixed reactions. Critics point to its lack of clear or concrete guidelines and claim the document provides a legitimate platform upon which stronger states can intervene in the affairs of smaller, weaker states. …

Increased Security Spending Doesn’t Mean Increased Defence Spending

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Author Ernie Regehr The Ploughshares Monitor Winter 2002 Volume 23 Issue 4 While Canada should be upgrading its contributions to international peace and security, there are at least three reasons why such measures should not take the form of defence spending increases: Canadian defence spending in absolute terms is already substantial by global, rather than US, standards; Post-Cold War spending on …

The Ambiguities of Protecting the Vulnerable

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Author Larissa Fast The Ploughshares Monitor Winter 2002 Volume 23 Issue 4 Over the past six months, Project Ploughshares has organized several events designed to focus on various elements from the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS) report entitled The Responsibility to Protect (2001). This report, summarized in the Spring 2002 issue of The Ploughshares Monitor (Fast 2002), modifies the …

The Operational Dimensions of Intervention

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On September 5 and 6, 2002, 24 participants from government (Department of National Defence, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and the Canadian International Development Agency) and civil society gathered to explore the operational dimensions of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS) report entitled The Responsibility to Protect. This was the third of four Ploughshares events …

Reframing the Intervention Debate: A Responsibility to Protect

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Author Larissa Fast The Ploughshares Monitor Spring 2002 Volume 23 Issue 1 In the wake of the crises in Bosnia and Somalia in the early 1990s, Rwanda in 1994, and Kosovo in 1999 policy makers, decision makers, academics, NGOs, and church leaders have intensely debated and grappled with the ethical, moral, and legal implications of “humanitarian intervention.” The debate has often …

Humanitarian Intervention: A Review of Literature

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Author Penelope C. Simons Working Paper 01-2 Penelope Simons has an LLB from Dalhousie Law School, and an LLM and PhD in International Law from Cambridge University. She is a Director and Vice-President of both Lawyers for Social Responsibility and The Simons Foundation. Table of Contents Introduction      Definition of “Humanitarian Intervention” The Debate Surrounding Humanitarian Intervention The UN System …