Ploughshares Fund Blog

With budget battles looming, members of Congress are looking for smart ways to reduce spending. Senator Dianne Feinstein’s approach stands out. “We’re holding far more nuclear weapons than are necessary, and the cost is undermining other national security priorities. Read more »
Posted by admin on December 9, 2014
Washington, DC – In response to the announcement today extending talks with Iran, Joe Cirincione, President of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation, issued the following statement: “These talks are an historic opportunity to prevent an Iranian nuclear bomb and prevent another war in the Middle East. Diplomacy is working. Under the interim agreement, Iran froze and rolled back its nuclear activities. Under the extension, Iran’s nuclear program remains frozen. That’s a win for the US and our allies.” Read more »
Posted by Frederick Butler on November 24, 2014
Washington D.C. and capital cities of the other world powers are abuzz about the prospect for a comprehensive deal that closes of Iran’s pathways to a nuclear bomb. It’s still unclear if the West and Iran will be able to bridge the remaining gaps before their self-imposed deadline of November 24, or whether they will need more time to finalize a comprehensive deal. But one thing is clear: both sides have incentives and momentum to reach a final agreement. Read more »
Posted by Blake Narendra on November 22, 2014
Last month, I had the pleasure of meeting with a remarkable woman and longtime supporter of Ploughshares Fund, Mrs. Joan Robertson. Next year she will turn 99 years old. In her lifetime, she has witnessed a great deal of conflict—two World Wars, the Vietnam War, the Cold War and now increasing turmoil in the Middle East. Read more »
Posted by Elizabeth Rogers on November 18, 2014
“To address high priority and emerging threats the United States does not have to break the congressional budget deal and increase defense spending,” writes Tom Collina in a new Arms Control Association report published today. “Instead, Washington can safely reduce spending on nuclear weapons and redirect funds to where they are needed most.” Read more »
Posted by Jacob Marx on October 20, 2014
How the United States and Iran can make history and mend their strained relationship by finally securing a nuclear deal. Read more »
Posted by Ali Albassam on October 16, 2014
Earlier this year, we asked our followers to tell us a little bit about themselves and what aspects of Ploughshares Fund’s work matter most to them. I’d like to share some of the highlights. Read more »
Posted by Peter Fedewa on October 1, 2014
It is understandable that the American public generally doesn’t know much about nuclear weapons – how many there are, how much they cost, why we still have so many. The topic has not been “news” for most of the past fifteen years or so. Media attention on security issues instead gravitates toward the major crises of the day. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the fight against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the intermittent but predictable Israeli-Palestinian clashes. Read more »
Posted by Paul Carroll on September 23, 2014
It is already bad enough that Russia is invading its neighbors and destabilizing European security—last thing you want is for Russia to throw out U.S. nuclear inspectors, which is precisely what some critics of arms control propose to do. Rebecca Heinrichs argues in “Obama administration pursues arms control at great loss,” that the United States should suspend implementation of the New START Treaty in reaction to Russia’s violation of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. Read more »
Posted by Blake Narendra on September 16, 2014
69 years ago the world fundamentally changed. With a single bomb, an atom bomb, the entire city of Hiroshima was wiped out and and more than 100,000 people were killed. Nagasaki was similarly bombed three days later and again, a single bomb killed 50,000 people. A new era had begun, one in which all humanity was just minutes from destruction. Read more »
Posted by Eric Sutphin on August 4, 2014
Hiroshima, Nuclear Zero