Ploughshares Fund Blog

Brazil confirmed that several of its 10 specially-designed centrifuges to enrich uranium for nuclear power production would be running by the end of March.  Though Brazil signed a safeguards agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in 2004, analyst Jacqueline Shire of the Institute for Science and International Security commented the country “is not adhering to the (IAEA's) Additional Protocol. Read more »
Posted on March 1, 2009
by Michael Krepon Last week's news that North Korea plans to test a ballistic missile that could reach Alaska gave doomsayers more grounds for gloom. But amid the fear about nuclear attacks by terrorists or leaders such as Kim Jong Il, let's not forget that the United States has managed to protect itself from such a catastrophe not only since 9/11, but since the birth of the bomb in 1945. Read more »
Posted on March 1, 2009
Accepting an award at UC Santa Cruz, George Perkovich, director of the Nonproliferation Program at the Ploughshares-funded Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, discussed the justice of nuclear weapons. He argued that global insecurity increases as small states protest the double-standards of nuclear states unwilling to submit to international law.  Read more »
Posted on February 28, 2009
Air Force Gen. Kevin Chilton said President Obama’s campaign promise to "work with Russia to take ballistic missiles off hair-trigger alert" mischaracterizes the U.S. arsenal, and recommends against taking ICBM and submarine nuclear missiles off alert. Hans Kristensen of the Ploughshares-funded Federation of American Scientists remarked that President George H. W. Read more »
Posted on February 27, 2009
The Project on Government Oversight, a Ploughshares-funded organization, has provided five recommendations for Congress and the White House to reduce costs and increase revenue.  These suggestions include reducing wasteful defense spending; increasing resources for audits and inspections; downblending excess highly-enriched uranium for sale as nuclear fuel and reducing the number of deployed nuclear warheadsm. Read more »
Posted on February 27, 2009
President Obama announced a 4 percent increase in the basic Pentagon budget, but companies are concerned that the administration's emphasis on simpler arms for immediate use will shift spending away from futuristic weapons.  According to Ploughshares Fund grantee Gordon Adams, the big contractors “are sitting on the edge of their seats.”   Read more »
Posted on February 26, 2009
North Korea announced its intention to launch a ‘communications satellite’, downplaying its suspected plans to test a long-range ballistic missile test despite a U.N. resolution forbidding such activity.  Experts fear an attempt by the U.S. Read more »
Posted on February 23, 2009
A group of U.S. experts including John Lewis, professor emeritus at Ploughshares-funded Stanford University headed Tuesday to North Korea for a trip that is expected to include discussions about the country's denuclearization process. The group is the latest of several private-sector delegations from the United States to visit North Korea.  (Ploughshares Fund’s program director Paul Carroll is part of this delegation.) Read more »
Posted on February 23, 2009
by Dr. Trita Parsi and Stanley Weiss Only 15 minutes into his term as president, Barack Obama did what his predecessor had refused to do for eight years. He reached out to Iran. By calling for a new approach to the Muslim world based on "mutual respect," Obama signaled Tehran that a new dawn in U.S.-Iran relations may be in reach. His outreach was stronger and swifter than many had expected. It was a wise move, but there should be little surprise that Tehran has yet to fully respond. It won't. Read more »
Posted on February 21, 2009
co-authored by Alexandra Bell The victors write history. Few would ascribe that right to the outgoing Bush Administration. The "Highlights of Accomplishments and Results of the Administration of George W. Bush" is fifty pages of glossy photos and false claims of the last eight years, complete with "Did You Know" sections usually seen in 8th grade textbooks. Read more »
Posted by Joe Cirincione on February 21, 2009