Pakistan

Due to its status as a nuclear power, ongoing tensions with India and its relative instability, Pakistan is often called the most dangerous place on Earth. Following is analysis and opinion from Ploughshares Fund staff, grantees and guests on the ongoing struggle to deal with nuclear weapons in Pakistan.
Browsing the headlines, the world looks a dangerous place. Boko Haram is bombing its way across Nigeria, civil war in Syria, transnational terrorism and more. But the biggest danger is conspicuously absent from the headlines: the world’s 17,000 nuclear weapons. Read more »
Posted by Eric Sutphin on July 11, 2014
As the P5+1 negotiations with Iran continue, there are grounds for optimism that an agreement can be reached by the July 20th deadline. A deal would be a significant achievement in the ongoing battle against the proliferation of nuclear weapons. But this raises the question: what about the rest of the world’s nuclear weapons? Read more »
Posted by Eric Sutphin on July 2, 2014
  On the radar: Tangled web of sanctions; Nuclear shutdown; Obama and Netanyahu; Ashton on talks; and Subcontinent summitry.   Read more »
Posted on October 1, 2013
The debate over Syria’s possible use of chemical weapons has been dominating the headlines. Were deadly nerve agents used? If so by whom? Was the use intentional? These questions are important since President Obama has intimated that, if confirmed, the use of chemical weapons could change U.S. policy toward the Syrian civil war. The specifics of what the United States would do differently are unclear. What is clear, though, is that the use of chemical weapons characteristically changes the way we perceive the conflict. It is, as Obama stated, a “game changer.” Read more »
Posted by Paul Carroll on May 10, 2013
On the radar: “Obama’s Nuclear Future”; Lessons on Pakistan’s tac nukes; Interim Pu strategy; Doubts on North Korea sanctions; Queen Noor talks nukes; and Visit Berlin’s loveliest fallout shelter.   Read more »
Posted on March 7, 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
  On the radar: More tests on horizon; Future diplomatic moves; MOX to cost $2B more; De-alerting; Nukestock 2013 schedule; Russian position on reductions; and Nobody unilaterally disarms quite like Republican presidents did.   Read more »
Posted on February 15, 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
On the radar: Kim’s bargaining position; Satellite much easier than warhead; Nuclear complex now on Google Earth; Likelihood of DPRK nuclear test; Strategic dialogue with Russia; $100 billion in nuclear cuts; and Continued worry about Pakistan. Read more »
Posted on December 13, 2012
On the radar: After the reset; Senate passes NDAA; Iran dates; P5+1 in January; and Detecting nuclear blasts with radio telescopes. Read more »
Posted on December 5, 2012