Monthly Archives: January 2011

Canada leads the “dead in the water” Conference on Disarmament

This month and next, Canada shoulders one of the least coveted leadership posts within the United Nations system – the presidency of the Geneva-based Conference on Disarmament (CD). The travails, frustrations, and abject failure of the CD, the UN’s only … Continue reading

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Banning nuclear attack submarines from the Arctic

Limiting or banning the operations of nuclear attack submarines in the Arctic Ocean is not disarmament, but it could advance efforts toward a nuclear-weapon-free Arctic and world. The proposal to convert the Arctic region into a Nuclear Weapons Free Zone[i] … Continue reading

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The US military-industrial complex fifty years later

On January 17, 1961 President Dwight Eisenhower famously warned Americans that an emerging “military-industrial complex” would wield unhealthy and unwarranted influence – “economic, political, and even spiritual”—0ver their political life if it was left unchecked.  The warning came in Eisenhower’s … Continue reading

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The responsibility to protect the people of Côte d’Ivoire

The Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect warns that “an escalation in the situation [in Côte d’Ivoire] could easily lead to the commission of mass atrocities….”[i] Protection is far from guaranteed, but the international  effort to date is serious. … Continue reading

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