Jessica Sleight's Blog Posts

In honor of National Women’s History Month, each week Ploughshares Fund will be honoring the women who have been instrumental in advocating for nuclear nonproliferation and recognizing future leaders in the field. This week we look at how one woman is continuing the work her grandmother started 30 years ago. Rachel Pike, granddaughter of our founder Sally Lilienthal and current Ploughshares Fund Board Member, was gracious enough to answer our questions. Read more »
Posted by Jessica Sleight on March 29, 2013
In honor of National Women’s History Month, each week Ploughshares Fund will be honoring the women who have been instrumental in advocating for nuclear nonproliferation. This week we explore the role of the younger generation of women in nonproliferation efforts and the future of nonproliferation advocacy. We spoke with Kelsey Davenport, a Nonproliferation Analyst for the Arms Control Association, a Ploughshares Fund Grantee, and one of the up and coming women leaders on nuclear issues. Read more »
Posted by Jessica Sleight on March 21, 2013
In honor of National Women’s History Month, each week Ploughshares Fund will be honoring the women who have been instrumental in advocating for nuclear nonproliferation. This week we are highlighting the work of two incredible women who helped push for a ban on atmospheric nuclear testing: Dr. Louise Reiss and Dagmar Wilson. Read more »
Posted by Jessica Sleight on March 15, 2013
In honor of International Women’s Day today, March 8, and National Women’s History Month, each week Ploughshares Fund will be honoring the women who have been instrumental in advocating nuclear nonproliferation. Our first post recounts the invaluable work of Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, Rose Gottemoeller. Read more »
Posted by Jessica Sleight on March 8, 2013
Within Pakistan, extremism threatens the stability of the country and the security of their nuclear weapons. The Provincially Administered Tribal Areas (PATA) remain particularly volatile. Crisis Group, a Ploughshares Fund grantee, recently released a report, Pakistan: Countering Militancy in PATA, outlining a series of reforms national and provincial leaders can take to curb extremism and reclaim political space ceded to the military. Read more »
Posted by Jessica Sleight on February 26, 2013
With a new year come exciting opportunities to expand your knowledge of nuclear issues. Since you have probably read through last year’s list (well done!) and our summer list (kudos!), we’re providing you with a brand new list to satisfy your reading resolution for 2013. Covering diverse topics from Hiroshima manga (Japanese graphic novels) to the development of the bomb in Pakistan there is something to satisfy the nuclear wonk in everyone. Read more »
Posted by Jessica Sleight on January 22, 2013
With the real possibility of Syria’s use of chemical weapons and the security of their stockpiles in question, the comparison to a nuclear scenario is not hard to imagine. Read more »
Posted by Jessica Sleight on December 18, 2012
Things have changed since 1962. Hippies have given way to hipsters, cellphones give you the news faster than the local news team can, only two Beatles are left, and the Soviet Union doesn’t even exist anymore. The Cold War atmosphere has evaporated and the risk of all-out nuclear war has dramatically decreased. However, a similar type of nuclear crisis that happened in Cuba in 1962 unfortunately could still happen today. Read more »
Posted by Jessica Sleight on October 25, 2012
Welcome to 1962. Slick back your hair, grab a scotch, and don’t forget to triple check that route to the nearest Fallout Shelter. It is October after all, the month in which the US and the Soviet Union came closer to nuclear war than any other time in history. The nation held its breath as President John F. Kennedy faced off with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev in waters just offshore of Cuba. Read more »
Posted by Jessica Sleight on October 15, 2012