Ploughshares Fund Blog

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
Partners, Iran
There are times when a party is more than just a party. When you have important speakers mingling with policymakers and DC influentials, a party can be a terrific way to encourage decisionmakers to pay attention to an issue that hasn't been getting enough attention. And if you're lucky, a party can often be the right way to move the needle forward.  Read more »
Posted by Margaret Swink on October 31, 2013
Most people think that the threat of nuclear weapons ended with the Cold War. They are dead wrong. Nuclear weapons still pose a clear and present danger, in the Middle East, in South Asia, on the Korean Peninsula and here in the United States. Joe Cirincione’s new book, Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It’s Too Late, takes us on a journey through today’s nuclear challenges, and lays out a clear path for how we can make the world safer, one step at a time. Read more »
Posted by admin on October 25, 2013
Ploughshares Fund President Joe Cirincione went live on KCBS News San Francisco to commend the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the international chemical weapons watchdog that has played a huge part in helping to eliminate Syria’s stockpiles of deadly poison gas. The OPCW and the United Nations have been conducting a joint mission in Syria ordered by the U.N. Security Council with the goal of eliminating the country’s entire stock of chemical weapons by mid-2014. Read more »
Posted by Amanda Waldron on October 11, 2013
Tomorrow, between 12:30 and 1:00pm ET (9:30-10:00am PT), Middle East expert and Ploughshares Fund policy director Joel Rubin will sit down to chat LIVE on Facebook and respond to any questions you may have on nuclear negotiations with Iran. Be sure to log on with Joel tomorrow to get clarification on the issue and expert analysis on the potential for a diplomatic solution. Read more »
Posted by Amanda Waldron on October 9, 2013
Some anniversaries are bittersweet.  This week marks the seven year anniversary of North Korea’s first nuclear test. Clearly not to be celebrated, but certainly time to examine where are now with North Korea and its nuclear program, and what – if anything – we have learned since fall 2006. Read more »
Posted by Paul Carroll on October 8, 2013
North Korea
Bailout was a naval term before it was a financial term. Bailing out a ship means, essentially, to save a sinking ship by taking a bucket and heaving water overboard. Since the financial collapse, the term has also meant giving taxpayer money to insolvent businesses. So the bailout metaphor is particularly fitting when the Navy appeals to Congress for a taxpayer cash when the cost of new nuclear submarines threatens to sink the Navy’s shipbuilding budget. Read more »
Posted by Ben Loehrke on October 1, 2013
By any measure, this was a remarkable week in foreign affairs. U.S President Obama and Iranian President Rouhani expressed a willingness to engage in diplomacy at the UN General Assembly. Secretary of State Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif met on Thursday – the highest level meeting between the US and Iran since 1979. Read more »
Posted by admin on September 27, 2013
On Thursday September 19, 2013, Ploughshares Fund helped launch “Give Peace a Dance,” an online video featuring Iranian American comedian, Maz Jobrani, and Jewish stand-up comedian/actor, Elon Gold, who urged world leaders to opt for a diplomatic approach to Iran’s nuclear program. Read more »
Posted by admin on September 24, 2013
Iran