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For more than 50 years the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs have been working for the control, reduction, and eventual elimination of nuclear weapons.

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CPG: A proud tradition started by the 22 eminent scientists, the founding group of Pugwash, who gathered at Thinkers' Lodge in 1957, to discuss the path to nuclear disarmament.

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In recognition of all its efforts Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, together with President Joseph Rotblat, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1995.

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Nuclear disarmament has always been of central importance to Pugwash. But also - Non-Nuclear Threats to Peace and Security, Institutions for a New World Order, Conflict Resolution, Environment and Global Security, Health, Social and Economic Issues.

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The Russell-Einstein Manifesto of 1955 was a major step in the nuclear disarmament campaign by prominent members of the scientific community.

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CPG's focus - World peace and promotion of change to advance the cause of peace. Best known for its work on nuclear disarmament, our concern - all causes of global insecurity.

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.

“Canada’s Contribution to Global Security”

Commemorating Canada’s 150th and Pugwash’s 60th

July 23-26, 2017, Dalhousie University, Halifax and Pugwash, Nova Scotia
Schedule updated 2017-06-14

Please register online at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/canadas-contribution-to-global-security-registration-33496674455

 

A note about accommodation: 

While we cannot book accommodation directly, favourable rates are available for the two options below:

  • Halls of residence: Dalhousie Summer Accommodations at 902-494-8840 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.
  • Hotel accommodation: Book through Dalhousie University, Centre for the Study of Security and Development, 902-494-3769)

Agenda

Sunday July 23

Arrival of participants and transfer to accommodations

1500: Registration opens: 2nd floor, Students Union Bldg, 6136 University Avenue

1930-2130: Reception with light refreshments and cash bar
Welcome:  Bev Delong, Program Coordinator, Board Member, Canadian Pugwash
Location: Dalhousie Students Union Building, Council Chambers

Monday July 24

Plenary Session
Location: McInnes Room, Dalhousie Students Union Building

0815-0830: Registration (new and pre-registered)

0830-0845: Welcome and Explanation of Program, from the Conference Chairperson, Mr. Paul Meyer, former Ambassador for Disarmament, Adjunct Professor, Simon Fraser University and Senior Fellow, Space Security, The Simons Foundation.
Greeting from Jayantha Dhanapala, President, Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs

0845-0930: Session 1: Current Challenges to Global Security
Moderator: Mr. Robin Collins, World Federalist Movement-Canada
Student Rapporteur: Andrew Moreira, Mount Allison University
Panel:

  • The Hon. Douglas Roche O.C., former Senator and Ambassador for Disarmament
    “Nuclear Weapons and the Destiny of Humanity”
  • Dr. Sean Howard, Adjunct Professor, Communities & Connections, School of Arts and Social Sciences, Cape Breton University
    “International Security and Cooperative Security: Can they be combined?”

0930-1030: Session 2: Canada’s Defence and International Assistance Policy Reviews
Moderator: Mr. Paul Meyer, former Ambassador for Disarmament, Adjunct Professor, Simon Fraser University and Senior Fellow, Space Security, The Simons Foundation
Student Rapporteur: Susan Manning, Dalhousie University)
Panel:

  • Ms. Isabelle Desmartis, Director-General Policy Planning, Department of National Defence
    “What role for Canada’s Defence Policy in contributing to global security?”
  • Ms. Elissa Golberg, Assistant Deputy Minister, Partnerships for Development Innovation, Global Affairs Canada (TBC)
    “How will Canada’s International Assistance contribute to global security?”
  • Discussant: Prof. Brian Bow, Director, Centre for Study of Security & Development, Dalhousie University

1030-1045: Refreshment break

Sequential Panels

1045-1215: Session 3: Nuclear Arms Control & Disarmament
Moderator: Ms. Peggy Mason, President, The Rideau Institute, former Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament
Student Rapporteur: John Mitton, Dalhousie University
Panel:

  • Mr. Hans Kristensen, Federation of American Scientists
    “Nuclear Force modernization and NPT compliance”
  • Prof. Erika Simpson, Department of Political Science, Western University
    NATO and the NPT: Strategies for ending the two solitudes”
  • Mr. Cesar Jaramillo, Executive Director, Project Ploughshares
    “Negotiation of a Nuclear Ban Treaty: First impressions and future options”

1215-1300: Lunch
Location: Dalhousie Students Union Bldg

1300-1400 Session 4: Multilateral Peace Operations
Moderator: Dr. David Harries, Canadian Pugwash
Student Rapporteur Michelle Brazzoni, Dalhousie University
Panel:

  • Prof. Walter Dorn, Canadian Forces College
    “Technology as a force multiplier in UN peace support operations”
  • Prof. David Black, Chair, Department of Political Science, Dalhousie University
    “Peacekeeping in Africa: Indigenous versus External Capacity”
  • Dr. Shelly Whitman, Director, Child Soldiers Initiative, Dalhousie University
    “The problem of child soldiers in UN peace support operations”

1400-1500: Session 5: Outer Space Security
Moderator: Mr. Cesar Jaramillo, Executive Director, Project Ploughshares;
Student Rapporteur: Michelle Legassicke, Dalhousie University
Panel:

  • Dr. Laura Grego, Union of Concerned Scientists
    ASATs and Space Weapons: A Blast from the Past?”
  • Mr. Paul Meyer, former Ambassador for Disarmament, Adjunct Professor, Simon Fraser University and Senior Fellow, Space Security, The Simons Foundation
    “Outer Space and Cyberspace: War or Peace?”
  • Ms. Peggy Mason, President, The Rideau Institute
    “Ballistic Missile Defences as a threat to security”

1500-1515: Refreshment break

1515-1600: Session 6: Climate Change Post-Paris
Moderator: Prof. David Fleming, Department of Physics, Mount Allison University
Student Rapporteur: Angus Docherty, Dalhousie University
Panel:

  • Prof. Lee-Anne Broadhead, Cape Breton University
    “Climate Change Implications for Global Security”
  • Prof. Anders Hayden, Dalhousie University
    “Climate Politics in the Age of Trump”

1600-1645: Session 7: Arctic Security
Moderator: Prof. Aldo Chircop, JSD, Professor of Law, Canada Research Chair in Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University
Student Rapporteur Maya Hibbeln, Dalhousie University
Panel:

  • Mr. Ernie Regehr, Senior Fellow, The Simons Foundation; Research Fellow, Conrad Grebel College, University of Waterloo
    “Militarization and the Arctic: Is an Antarctic model still feasible?”
  • Dr. Adele Buckley, Canadian Pugwash Group, Pugwash Council
    “Arctic Nuclear Weapon Free Zone: proposing Canada’s role in this novel variation”

1645-1700: Closing Remarks: Paul Meyer

1900-2100: Conference Dinner

  • Keynote Speaker, Mr. Ernie Regehr “Wars or Rumours of War? Preventing Armed Conflict”
  • Location: McInnes Room, Dalhousie Students Union Bldg

Tuesday July 25

0845-1230: Breakout Sessions
Location: McInnes Room, Dalhousie Students Union Building
Participants: All persons attending the conference are invited to join a group

  • 0845-0900: Guidance to Breakout Groups
  • 0900-1030: Discussion in breakout group
  • 1030-1045: Refreshment break
  • 1045-1230: Continuation of discussion and formulation of recommendations
  • 1230-1330: Lunch Location: Dalhousie Students Union Building

1330-1800: Plenary

  • 1330-1530: Reports from breakout groups and consideration of recommendations
  • 1530-1600: Refreshment break
  • 1600-1630: “Way Forward” Dr. David Harries, Chair, Canadian Pugwash Group
  • 1630-1730: Finalization of recommendations
  • 1730-1800: Concluding remarks

from 1900: Dinner – on your own

Wednesday July 26

Standalone Excursion to Pugwash N.S. and Thinkers Lodge

(total cost TBA – will include a contribution to cost of transport, to be paid on July 26)

Separate registration form: www.eventbrite.ca/e/excursion-to-thinkers-lodge-pugwash-tickets-33600989464

  • 0845- Departure from Halifax at Dalhousie Students Union Building
  • 1115- Arrival in Pugwash
  • 1130-1215 Tour of Thinkers Lodge
  • 1215-1330 Lunch
    Location: Thinkers Lodge Dining Hall (The Lobster Factory)
  • 1330-1445 Town hall meeting at Pugwash High School
    Greeting: Jayantha Dhanapala, President Pugwash Conferences, by video
    Contemporary Peace: Reflections: A Panel Discussion presented by Canadian Pugwash
    Douglas Roche, Ernie Regehr, Walter Dorn, David Harries
  • 1445-1530 Light refreshments and ongoing informal discussion
  • 1530 – 1540 Individual transportation arrangements 
  • 1545- Departure from Pugwash for return to Halifax via Halifax Airport if necessary
  • 1800- (approx.) Arrival in Halifax

Canadian Pugwash gratefully acknowledges the contribution of our sponsors

  • Dalhousie University, Centre for the Study of Security and Development
  • Defence Targeted Engagement Program, Department of National Defence
  • The Simons Foundation
  • Pugwash Park Commissioners
  • Village Commission, Pugwash, Nova Scotia
  • Stephen & Dennice Leahey
  • Canadian Pugwash Members