CPG Conference in Halifax, 23-26 July 2017
Registration is now open for our 60th anniversary conference, "Canada's Contribution to Global Security".
We'd also like to invite you to two concurrent events: a day trip to Thinkers Lodge in Pugwash village on 26 July, which can be booked here on Eventbrite, and the Vern Theissen play Pugwash, which runs from July 5-30 at Ships Company Theatre in Parrsboro. More information here.
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.
From the Edmonton Journal, 14 December 2016
By DOUGLAS ROCHE
It's hard to think of a year in recent times when the world was in such disarray and people felt so fearful about the future. Christmas is supposed to rejuvenate us and revive our hope for peace, but Christmas 2016 seems to have an uphill climb.
Is it possible to hope for a peaceful world when mass shootings and acts of terrorism dominate the media, when refugees stream out of war zones and de-stabilize world politics, when 21st century cyberwarfare is underway, when global warming is producing extreme weather patterns and crop failures, when governments refuse to empower the United Nations to enforce peace? My answer is yes.
The false narrative of our times that the world is spinning out of control needs to be countered by a recognition that virtually every index by which we measure world progress is accelerating upwards. Commerce, technology, science, agriculture, renewable energy, medicine, communications, transportation, environmental protection, women's rights, international law are all leaping forward.
From the Ottawa Citizen, 21 June 2016:
Authors Marius Grinius, Peggy Mason, Paul Meyer, Douglas Roche and Christopher Westdal have each held the post of Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament, under four prime ministers.
Thirty years ago in Reykjavik, Iceland, U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev - almost - made a deal that would have led to the elimination of all nuclear weapons. The discussions foundered on Reagan's insistence that the U.S. be allowed to develop a ballistic missile defence system.
Despite the 1986 failure, Reykjavik was one of the most important summits in history. A year later, the U.S. and Soviet Union signed the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), for the first time eliminating an entire class of nuclear weapons. The Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) was signed a few years later.
Reykjavik projected the vision of a world without nuclear weapons. It showed how leaders could look beyond hostilities to build greater security for people around the world. The end of the Cold War quickly followed and hopes for global stability, if not peace, were raised.