Ploughshares Fund Blog

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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
With so much confusion and misinformation over the recent interim deal on Iran’s nuclear program, Ploughshares Fund president Joe Cirincione sat down with noted scholar and Middle East commentator Reza Aslan to sort out the facts. Dr. Aslan has been a member of the Ploughshares Fund board of directors since 2006. Read more »
Posted by admin on December 6, 2013
In the time honored thanksgiving tradition, Ploughshares Fund is going around the table this week to appreciate our blessings. And this year, we have a lot to be thankful for. Read more »
Posted by admin on November 27, 2013
Every president since Jimmy Carter has tried to make a deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran. None have succeeded. President Barack Obama just did. The deal to limit and begin to roll back Iran’s nuclear program may be the most important foreign policy success of his tenure. Read more »
Posted by Joe Cirincione on November 25, 2013
Many of the same pundits who championed the invasion of Iraq are attempting to scuttle negotiations with Iran by portraying that nation’s nuclear program as an imminent threat and arguing that a diplomatic deal with the “untrustworthy” regime is impossible. Read more »
Posted by Lauren Shellito on November 22, 2013
It was three weeks ago today that the unpopular government shutdown came to a bittersweet end. The sixteen-day partisan gridlock over the annual budget and amendments to Obamacare resulted in a $24 billion dent in the national economy, not to mention an immeasurable level of disenchantment on the part of American citizens. It is hard to imagine a more glaring manifestation of polarization between Republicans and Democrats. Read more »
Posted by Amanda Waldron on November 6, 2013
The talks held between the P5+1 (China, France, Germany, Russia, and the United Kingdom) and Iran in Geneva on October 15 and16 were a positive step toward breaking the deadlocked nuclear negotiations. The U.S. State Department was cautious, noting that the P5+1 and Iran are still “far apart on many things,” but the path forward is significantly more promising than it has been in a long time. Read more »
Posted by admin on November 6, 2013
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