Welcome to Canadian Pugwash Group
Education on global security, in a broad sense, is the mandate of Canadian Pugwash, carried out by sponsoring meetings, workshops and roundtables to foster informed discussion of experts, for the purpose of providing information which can be useful in the formation of government policy.
10 Good News Stories published by Murray Thomson, O.C. [Good News Service #48]
- UN votes to outlaw nuclear weapons in 2017
- AVAAZ : Attracts attention for more than 100 actions on climate change, protecting wild-life, supporting refugees and saving the oceans.
- UN Manual seeks to protect Indigenous People from unwanted interventions on their lands and territories
- IFAD supports dairy farmers in Rwanda, and rural employment in conflict areas in Peru
- UN seeks to strengthen international humanitarian law
- Fix it! (…which begins with a confession from co-editor Randy)
- A swords into ploughshares story
- First Nations on the front lines
- Engaging the corporate world
- What about in Canada?
By: Ernie Regehr | January 28, 2017 | Originally published on thesimonsfoundation.ca
Headlines tell of a burgeoning Russian/American naval nuclear arms race and already tens of billions of dollars are being promised and spent in both countries on “modernizing” seaborne strategic nuclear weapons systems. While tactical nuclear weapons have been kept off their attack and general purpose submarines for at least a generation, there are indications they may be finding their way back. In the meantime, there is not yet any international regime or treaty or political will in place or contemplated for the exercise of seaborne nuclear restraint.
Read the full paper on the Simons Foundation website (pdf, 8 pages)
par Pierre Jasmin | 4 janvier 2017 | via artistespourlapaix.org
Antonio Guterres, le nouveau secrétaire général de l’ONU, est entré en fonction dimanche et a affirmé vouloir faire de 2017 « *une année pour la paix ». Il demande à tous de devenir des acteurs de la paix.
Following President-elect Donald Trump’s comments on U.S. nuclear capabilities over the holidays, 2017 begins with worrisome questions about his intentions.
By: Paul Meyer | January 3, 2017 | Originally published on opencanada.org
Recent utterances by President-elect Donald Trump on U.S. nuclear weapon policy have sent shock waves over the past two weeks through the international security community. Calling for the U.S. to “greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability,” his comments have prompted new concerns based on both his personality and his eventual policies.
How would this man respond to an international crisis or provocation? Would he seek paths of escalation or de-escalation? Would he rely on professional counsel or make his own decisions based on his mood that day or his selective, idiosyncratic processing of information?
These concerns are not entirely new. “Would you trust this man with the nuclear codes?” Hillary Clinton asked during the election campaign last year. The question resonated as Trump’s temperament, his impulsiveness and quickness to anger seemed ill-matched to the cool sobriety one would want to have in a Commander-in-Chief.