The Defuser – October

What is a human life worth? That is the most controversial question in the field of demining. If a landmine cost “x” dollars to remove, yet has a  “y” percent chance of causing injury, at what point should we ignore the risk? After...

The Defuser – September

“The signing of the Ottawa treaty was one of the highlights of my career at the United Nations … The determination of the States parties has made the Ottawa Treaty one of the great successes of international diplomacy.” Kofi Annan, March 2, 2016. Kofi Annan, former UN...
Flooding Unearths Cambodian Landmines

Flooding Unearths Cambodian Landmines

Major flooding in Laos and Cambodia in the last few weeks has led to increased risk from landmines and Explosive Remnants of War (ERWs) in the region. Heavy rainfall in Laos led to the collapse of a large hydro-power dam in Attapeu province on July 24, forcing the...
The Defuser – July

The Defuser – July

The Canadian House of Commons passed Bill C-47 in June after much debate, bringing Canada one step closer to acceding to the UN Arms Trade Treaty. The Treaty, signed in 2014, is the first legally-binding international mechanism regulating the trade in conventional...