Between them, the United States and Russia still hold over 95% of the world's nuclear weapons. Reducing these stockpiles helps increase global stability, builds the international non-proliferation regime and reduces the chances that nuclear materials will fall into the hands of terrorists. Following is analysis and opinion from Ploughshares Fund staff, grantees and guests on the ongoing efforts to reduce nuclear weapons stockpiles in the U.S. and Russia.
  On the radar: Former generals on INF, New START; Russia to update military doctrine; Formula for an Iran deal; Optimism from Zarif; Sanctions enforced, reaction muted; Rouhani’s domestic calculus; and Survival editor responds to the firing of James Doyle.   Read more »
Posted on September 2, 2014
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: Congress supports diplomacy, other messages mixed; the Problem of lifting sanctions; Modifying Arak; Zarif on the talks; Crimea and US-Russia cooperation; Biden in Poland; and South Carolina sues for MOX pork.   Read more »
Posted on March 19, 2014
As the world explores the feasibility of Russia's proposal to remove chemical weapons from Syria, Ploughshares Fund experts are being called upon by the media to explain what such an effort would entail and what the ramifications of the deal would be for other strategic goals in the region.  Read more »
Posted by admin on September 12, 2013
A surprise proposal by Russia offered a solution to the crisis in Syria that would also achieve a longstanding goal of the non-proliferation community: the elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons program. The Russian proposal would move all Syrian chemical weapons into international custody for safe keeping and eventual dismantlement. It’s a sound policy idea – the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has roughly two decades of experience in verifying deals just like this. And so far, political responses seem to be encouraging. Below is a summary of responses to the proposal.* Read more »
Posted by admin on September 9, 2013
Russia, Syria
As talk of strikes on Syria continues, the media has started to examine the impact military action in Syria might have on the United States foreign policy goals, most notably on our relationship with Russia and efforts to achieve a negotiated settlement to Iran’s nuclear program. Read more »
Posted by admin on September 3, 2013
Eisenhower wanted it; Kennedy almost got it; Clinton negotiated it; and now Obama can deliver it.  It is the longest-sought, hardest-fought for goal in the history of nuclear arms control: a global ban on nuclear weapons tests. Read more »
Posted by Joe Cirincione on August 20, 2013
Writing for Defense One, Joe Cirincione urges the U.S. and Russia to move past Snowden and focus on long-standing bilateral security threats. Read more »
Posted by admin on August 8, 2013
Next week marks the second anniversary of the nuclear accident at the Fukushima reactors in Japan. Remember? The days and weeks we collectively crossed our fingers as heroic workers improvised and threw everything they could at melting reactors and damaged spent fuel pools to stave off disaster? Seems like a long time gone and Fukushima has, in our collective consciousness, faded into a historical nuclear footnote. “Close call,” we may think, “but the danger is over.” Not quite. In fact, not even close. Read more »
Posted by Paul Carroll on March 7, 2013