Ploughshares Fund Blog

  The Iran nuclear debate has been derailed by an obsession over centrifuges. In my latest piece for The Atlantic, I explain why this obsession threatens the nuclear talks and our goal of preventing an Iranian nuclear bomb.  Read more »
Posted by Joe Cirincione on February 23, 2015
Speaker of the House John Boehner's invitation to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hurts his own party, the policy process and Israel. Read more »
Posted by Joe Cirincione on January 26, 2015
The dispute between the United States and North Korea over the Sony Pictures hack continues, with North Korea denouncing new sanctions imposed by the U.S. Ploughshares Fund Executive Director Philip Yun discussed the cyberattacks, North Korea's nuclear threats, and implications for U.S. policy in an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Watch the full segment here:  Read more »
Posted by admin on December 28, 2014
World powers and Iran will meet again in January in an effort to reach a comprehensive agreement that verifiably prevents an Iranian nuclear bomb. While gaps remain, a deal is within reach - if both sides find the political will to take advantage of this window of opportunity. Read more »
Posted by admin on December 19, 2014
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