Monthly Archives: March 2011

The Vancouver Declaration: the “absolute prohibition of an absolute evil”

The international community has long understood nuclear disarmament as a daunting security and political challenge, but it has been unforgivably slow in fully facing the profound legal questions raised by the possession and threatened use of nuclear weapons. Now, a … Continue reading

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Intervention or War in Libya?

The 2001 “responsibility to protect” report of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS)[i] made a clear distinction between military protection operations and war.   With the first wave of attacks on Libyan military installations, following the UN Security … Continue reading

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Worst-case scenarios and the F-35

It’s not surprising that F-35 briefings by officials in the Department of National Defence (DND) point to growing dangers in a threatening world – that’s their job. Nor is it surprising that DND wants the most advanced fighter aircraft money … Continue reading

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The Gang of Four on Nuclear Deterrence

Having written several times in support of efforts toward a world without nuclear weapons, four once prominent leaders in US security affairs – George Shultz, William Perry, Henry Kissinger, and Sam Nunn – have now turned their attention to deterrence. … Continue reading

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