Ploughshares Fund Blog

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
It takes passion, and a lot of coffee, to get up for an early morning flight from Washington, DC to San Francisco, CA and then pick right up and head to Seattle, WA before returning home to start the cycle of travel all over again. That’s the kind of barnstorming schedule Ploughshares Fund President Joe Cirincione is keeping to help highlight our efforts to address the threat of nuclear weapons. Read more »
Posted by admin on January 15, 2014
We’ve come together because we share a passion for achieving the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons. Read more »
Posted by Michael Douglas and Farshad Farahat on December 19, 2013
December is usually a time to look forward to surprises. The year’s end, holiday events and gift giving are a time to reflect, appreciate and look forward to what the New Year may bring. But there is one surprise I’d rather not have – wondering what North Korea might do next. Read more »
Posted by Paul Carroll on December 12, 2013
Ploughshares Fund extends its most heartfelt congratulations to Zia Mian of Princeton University on receiving the 2014 Linus Pauling Legacy Award.  Read more »
Posted by Paul Carroll on December 10, 2013
The U.S.-Iran nuclear deal is a significant step toward ensuring that Iran does not develop a nuclear weapon. In his Los Angeles Times opinion piece, "What defusing Iran would mean," Ploughshares Fund president Joe Cirincione looks at the broader implications for successfully implementing the interim deal and the steps to follow. Read more »
Posted by admin on December 9, 2013