A Report on the UN First Committee on Disarmament and International Security

Tasneem Jamal

Authors Sarah Estabooks and Lynne Griffiths-Fulton The Ploughshares Monitor Winter 2005 Volume 26 Issue 4 The First Committee of the UN General Assembly on Disarmament and International Security meets every year for four or five weeks in October, after the United Nations General Assembly General Debate. Here we provide updates on debates and decisions regarding nuclear weapons, space security and …

A Space Weapons Ban: Laying the Foundation

Tasneem Jamal

Author Sarah Estabrooks The Ploughshares Monitor Autumn 2004 Volume 25 Issue 3  In the spring election campaign, and more recently in debates about potential participation in the US ballistic missile defence system, Paul Martin stated repeatedly that Canada is opposed to the weaponization of space. But how does this seemingly entrenched policy play out in practical terms? What is Canada doing …

Canada’s Weakening Commitment to a Prohibition on Weapons in Space

Tasneem Jamal

Briefing 04-1 Author Ernie Regehr Also available in PDF (click on attachment below)             The US fiscal year 2005 budget request that President Bush has now sent to Congress upgrades the Missile Defense Agency’s commitment to pursuing a space-based element to ballistic missile defence (BMD). At the same time, Canadian Defence Minister David Pratt’s recent letter …

Canada and Ballistic Missile Defence

Tasneem Jamal

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 …

Preventing the Weaponization of Space: Options for moving forward

Tasneem Jamal

Briefing 03-3 Author Sarah Estabrooks Click here for PDF version We are currently standing at a crossroads in the development of outer space. First called for by US President Eisenhower in 1958, the principle that space would be used for peaceful purposes has been accepted for nearly 50 years. Although the term “peaceful purposes” was never clearly defined, it was accepted …

Outer Space and Global Security

Tasneem Jamal

A seminar convened by: United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research; Simons Centre for Peace and Disarmament Studies; Project Ploughshares Canada; and The Simons Foundation 26-27 November 2002 — Room V — Palais des Nations, Geneva Table of Contents Agenda Militarization, Weaponization, and Space Sanctuary: Past Dialogues, Current Discourse, Important Distinctions Bruce DeBlois, United States Council on Foreign Relations   The Current …

Opposing Weapons in Space

Tasneem Jamal

The Ploughshares Monitor Autumn 2002 Volume 23 Issue 3 Throughout the winter of 1958, American President Dwight Eisenhower engaged in an exchange with Soviet leaders Nikita Khrushchev and Nikolai Bulganin, debating the future of outer space. Their discussion followed the October 1957 launch of the Soviet satellite Sputnik and the ensuing public uproar over outer space. Both the US and USSR …