GCR‘s whole-of-society approach to refugee protection: The unique complexities of South Asia

Ploughshares Asia, Featured, Forced Displacement and Migration

Here is the final piece in a four-part series on the Global Compact on Refugees. Follow the links below to read the previous articles: Part 1: The Global Compacts: A Primer Part 2: Delivering on the Global Compact on Refugees Part 3: Canada and the Global Compact on Refugees December 6, 2018 By Ishita Kumar and Nayantara Raja Despite a …

Pakistan (1992 – first combat deaths)

Ploughshares Armed Conflicts, Asia

Pakistan (1992 – first combat deaths)     The Conflict at a Glance Who (are the main combatants): The government of Pakistan, supported by the Pakistani Armed Forces and the country’s intelligence agency, versus the Taliban, al-Qaeda and various militant groups. There is also fighting among different regional militant groups. Groups such as the Taliban and al-Qaeda often target civilians. What …

Afghanistan (1978 – first combat deaths)

Ploughshares Armed Conflicts, Asia

Last Updated: January 11, 2019 The Conflict at a Glance Who (are the main combatants): The government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the country’s military – known as the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) and combatants fighting under NATO are attempting to govern the multiplicity of disparate tribal areas that make up the country. They are opposed by …

India – Northeast (1979 – first combat deaths)

Ploughshares Armed Conflicts, Asia

India – Northeast (1979 – first combat deaths)   Summary Type of Conflict Parties to the Conflict Status of the Fighting Number of Deaths Political Developments Background Arms Sources Economic Factors Conflict at a Glance Who (are the main combatants): The Government of India and northeastern state governments (especially Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, and Meghalaya) are in conflict with rebel …

India – Maoist Insurgency (1980 – first combat deaths)

Ploughshares Armed Conflicts, Asia

India – Maoist Insurgency (1980 – first combat deaths)   Summary Type of Conflict Parties to the Conflict Status of the Fighting Number of Deaths Political Developments Background Arms Sources Economic Factors The Conflict at a Glance Who (are the main combatants): Maoists (commonly known as Naxalites) seek to overthrow the current government and establish socialist-communist rule in India to address …

India – Kashmir (1947 – first combat deaths)

Ploughshares Armed Conflicts, Asia

India – Kashmir (1947 – first combat deaths)   Summary Type of Conflict Parties to the Conflict Status of the Fighting Number of Deaths Political Developments Background Arms Sources The Conflict at a Glance Who (are the main combatants): The Government of India has a longstanding territorial dispute with the Government of Pakistan and Kashmiri rebel groups (supported by the Pakistani …

Russian arms sold to U.S. for Afghan Army

Kenneth Epps Americas, Asia, Conventional Weapons, Europe, Mideast

UPDATE: Pentagon cancels contract As the result of bipartisan U.S. Congressional opposition, the Pentagon has cancelled the latest order of Russian Mi-17 helicopters for Afghanistan. Many members of Congress objected to the U.S. buying equipment from the same source that supplies Syrian government forces.  Wars come and go but the military industry lives on. The Russian state-owned arms trade company, Rosoboronexport, …

Iran, Pakistan and Nuclear Ambitions

Tasneem Jamal Asia, Mideast, Nuclear Weapons

Author Nicole Waintraub The Ploughshares Monitor Autumn 2011 Volume 32 Issue 3 Nicole Waintraub was an intern with Project Ploughshares from September 2010 to August 2011. Developments in Iran’s nuclear program are often viewed from the perspective of North American and European policy priorities. Here I explore the issue from the perspective of one of Iran’s most embroiled neighbours: Pakistan. …

Familiar Opening Scenes: Libya is rid of Gadhafi, but will Canadian Forces soon be bogged down in another Afghanistan?

John Siebert Africa, Americas, Asia, Defence & Human Security, Mideast

Author John Siebert The Ploughshares Monitor Autumn 2011 Volume 32 Issue 3 It may be churlish to begrudge Prime Minister Harper some self-congratulatory hyperbole for the Canadian military’s contribution to the civil war in Libya. On August 21, the rebel forces, supported by NATO airstrikes since March, swept the capital of Tripoli. Moammar Gadhafi and his regime were no longer …

Nepal (1996 – 2010)

Ploughshares Archived Conflicts, Armed Conflicts, Asia

Recently ended conflict (updated: February 2011) After a decade of armed violence, in 2006 peace talks between the Seven Party Alliance and the Maoists led to the ousting of the country’s monarchy and a Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). The Maoists, who had been the primary rebel force during the conflict, were subsequently incorporated into the government. Since the signing of …