Ploughshares Fund Blog

At a seminar organized by the European Policy Centre in Brussels, two former army generals-turned-analysts from India and Pakistan discounted the option of war between the two nuclear-armed nations, and stressed cooperation instead of confrontation. Retired Maj. Read more »
Posted on February 18, 2009
On a panel for the NewsHour’s Insider Forum, George Perkovich of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace discussed U.S.-Iran relations. Perkovich explained that, while difficult to “convey respect to a government that the U.S. Read more »
Posted on February 18, 2009
The United Nations, European Space Agency (ESA), NASA and other space nations are actively working to try and reduce the amount of space debris, but space experts warn it's only a matter of time before a major impact occurs during a human or robotic mission aboard the International Space Station, or elsewhere in space. Read more »
Posted on February 18, 2009
If you missed the conference call with Joe Cirincione, click below to listen to a recording and learn about recent developments with the START Treaty, North Korea, Iran and the Nobel Peace Prize given to President Obama.   President's Calls are offered periodically to members of the Ploughshares Council and the Nuclear Free Legacy Society, who provide leadership and sustained support for Ploughshares' work. Read more »
Posted on February 15, 2009
The collision of two French and British nuclear submarines in early February may have resulted from a lack of communication between France and NATO nations.  Analyst Hans Kristensen of the Ploughshares-funded Federation of American Scientists says, “The fact that the collision occurred at all indicates that the two allies need to talk more.” The event demonstrates that, however improbable, nuclear accidents can certainly occur. Read more »
Posted on February 15, 2009
Europe, Nuclear Weapons
A collision between a British and a French nuclear submarine may have been the result of lack of communication between France and NATO nations. "The fact that the collision occurred at all indicates that the two allies need to talk more," says Hans Kristensen of the Ploughshares-funded Federation of American Scientists.  NATO sources report that France, the UK, and the U.S. Read more »
Posted on February 15, 2009
Europe, Nuclear Weapons
Vice President Joe Biden told Gareth Evans this weekend that the Obama administration will engage in serious "game changing" policy on nuclear weapon reduction.  Evans, president of the Ploughshares-funded International Crisis Group and former Australian foreign minister, said the Obama administration was preparing to start "immediate negotiations" with both Moscow and Beijing on nuclear weapon stockpiles.  White House officials have confirmed the Read more »
Posted on February 14, 2009
by Joe Cirincione and Alexandra Bell of the Ploughshares Fund A coalition of citizens groups and progressive House Members just saved the American taxpayers a whole lot of money. They eliminated from the stimulus bill $1 billion dollars for nuclear weapons work the Senate had stuffed in. Read more »
Posted by Joe Cirincione on February 14, 2009
U.S. and Russian satellites collided 800 km above Earth, generating debris that could damage or even destroy other satellites.  Tuesday’s smashup of a derelict Russian military satellite and a working U.S. commercial satellite occurred in the busiest part of near-Earth space. Read more »
Posted on February 12, 2009
The United States is two years ahead of the Moscow Treaty schedule in reducing its nuclear warheads, according to Hans Kristensen of the Ploughshares-funded Federation of American Scientists.  Kristensen noted that, over the past four years, Strategic Command decided “it can adequately meet the White House guidance with far less weapons.” Robert Norris of the Natural Resou Read more »
Posted on February 12, 2009