Ploughshares Fund Blog

Ploughshares Fund prides itself on working with some of the nation’s smartest individuals from both sides of the aisle. As news breaks, we look to our grantees to give us a ground up interpretation of events. As we watch the ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran, we reached out to grantee Dylan Williams, Director of Government Affairs at J Street. Here, he gives us his take on the current diplomatic efforts and what a nuclear deal would mean for American and Israeli national security. Read more »
Posted by Amanda Waldron on February 27, 2014
On Wednesday night, Joe Cirincione was “in the Crossfire” with Bill Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard and Van Jones and Newt Gingrich, hosts of the primetime CNN show. The question of the debate: “Is climate change the biggest threat we face?” In an address delivered in Jakarta, Indonesia, Secretary of State John Kerry referred to climate change as “the greatest challenge of our generation.” He stated that this issues ranks among some of the most serious threats we face today: proliferation of WMDs, disease, terrorism and poverty. Read more »
Posted by Rebecca Remy on February 21, 2014
How old is Iran’s nuclear program, how did it come into being, and who’s in charge? If you want to test your own knowledge of these facts, click here to take the Ploughshares Fund quiz! But if you’d rather peek at a study guide first – we’re here to help. Read more »
Posted by Emily Hauser on February 19, 2014
As Iran and six of the world's major powers reconvene in Geneva to negotiate a final resolution of the nuclear crisis, it is clear that Iranian hardliners and Israeli skepticism are not the only stumbling blocks. There is another entity threatening to upend the negotiations: the legacy of American neoconservatives. Read more »
Posted by Lisa Bergstrom on February 13, 2014
The stakes could not be higher—or the issues tougher—as the world’s six major powers and Iran launch talks February 18 on final resolution of the Iranian nuclear crisis. Read more »
Posted by Joe Cirincione on February 10, 2014
Sitting at the Chicago airport, snow swirling outside, salt covering my shoes, eagerly waiting for my delayed flight to take me back to San Francisco, I contemplate the previous month of travel with Joe Cirincione. Read more »
Posted by Elizabeth Rogers on February 7, 2014
No one at Ploughshares Fund wanted to see Roger leave. When Roger Hale stepped down as the Chair of the Board in June 2013 after serving for nearly a decade, it was very difficult for everyone at Ploughshares Fund to accept. During his time on the board he led a number of significant organizational changes that included decisions to streamline our funding areas and open a Washington, DC office. Read more »
Posted by Samantha Jagessar on February 4, 2014
Partners, Roger Hale
It is hard to turn on a TV, crack open a newspaper or turn on the radio without hearing something about the Iran nuclear deal. This deal represents the first step in negotiating an end to the threat of an Iranian nuclear weapon as well as an historical rapprochement after 30 years of misunderstanding. Among the fray, you’re likely to find more than a few Ploughshares Fund grantees. Read more »
Posted by admin on January 27, 2014
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has ordered two reviews of America's nuclear force in the wake of mounting reports of drug use, drinking, womanizing, cheating and lapsed discipline among top officers. But if the studies focus only on personnel, it will be little more than rearranging the deck chairs on a nuclear Titanic. The core problem is not the people; it's the mission. Read more »
Posted by Joe Cirincione on January 24, 2014
The recent first-step nuclear deal with Iran will strengthen U.S. security by verifiably halting Iran’s program and setting a path for rolling it back through comprehensive nuclear negotiations.  So why are some in Congress opposing the deal, and what outcome do they expect if they scuttle diplomacy? It’s important to remember what the U.S. gets with this deal, versus the alternative. Read more »
Posted by Joel Rubin on January 15, 2014