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A surprise proposal by Russia offered a solution to the crisis in Syria that would also achieve a longstanding goal of the non-proliferation community: the elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons program. The Russian proposal would move all Syrian chemical weapons into international custody for safe keeping and eventual dismantlement. It’s a sound policy idea – the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has roughly two decades of experience in verifying deals just like this. And so far, political responses seem to be encouraging. Below is a summary of responses to the proposal.* Read more »
Posted by admin on September 9, 2013
Russia, Syria
North Korea is not only one of the world's most problematic nuclear weapons hotspots, it's also one of the world's most isolated states.It's hard to understand what life must be like for people living in the hermit kingdom, and even more difficult to know what's happening in the nation's extensive gulag prison system.  Read more »
Posted by Molly Maser on September 9, 2013
North Korea, Partners
As talk of strikes on Syria continues, the media has started to examine the impact military action in Syria might have on the United States foreign policy goals, most notably on our relationship with Russia and efforts to achieve a negotiated settlement to Iran’s nuclear program. Read more »
Posted by admin on September 3, 2013
With the nation focusing on the brewing crisis in Syria and the anniversary of the March on Washington, it may have been easy to miss a very important bit of news: the release of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) third quarter report. Though it garnered less immediate coverage, the implications of this report are significant, especially as talks are set to resume between Iran and the IAEA in September. Read more »
Posted by Hilary Johnson on August 30, 2013
IAEA, Iran
Today is the International Day Against Nuclear Testing. It is important to be aware that preventing future nuclear tests is crucial to the health and safety of the people who inhabit this small planet. More than that, we need to make the connections and recognize that there is a whole system behind the creation of nuclear weapons that has left humanity with a toxic legacy that will persist for thousands of generations to come. Read more »
Posted by Tom Carpenter on August 29, 2013
Eisenhower wanted it; Kennedy almost got it; Clinton negotiated it; and now Obama can deliver it.  It is the longest-sought, hardest-fought for goal in the history of nuclear arms control: a global ban on nuclear weapons tests. Read more »
Posted by Joe Cirincione on August 20, 2013
Over two years after the initial disaster at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility, the problematic plant is back in the news - the plant is leaking 300 tons of radioactive water into the surrounding ocean. The announcement has elicited a firm response from the Japanese government and international criticism. Read more »
Posted by admin on August 19, 2013
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Limited Test Ban Treaty (LTBT), Ploughshares Fund is dedicating a series of blogs on how the treaty influences nuclear disarmament today. The LTBT was the first concrete step toward the elimination of nuclear testing. Under the LTBT, U.S. research and development on nuclear weapons is still permitted in the national laboratories. One of the groups working to convert this weapons development actvity into socially beneficial research is our grantee, Tri-Valley CAREs (Communities Against a Radioactive Environment). We asked Tri-Valley CAREs Executive Director Marylia Kelley for her insights on how the LTBT impacts her work and what more can be done to stop nuclear testing.   Read more »
Posted by teresa on August 14, 2013
Writing for Defense One, Joe Cirincione urges the U.S. and Russia to move past Snowden and focus on long-standing bilateral security threats. Read more »
Posted by admin on August 8, 2013
Today marks the anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing. On August 6, 1945, the U.S. used the first nuclear bomb in combat, destroying a city and killing over one-hundred thousand people in the blink of an eye. The aftermath of Hiroshima is preserved in haunting photos that serve as a reminder of the devastation caused by these horrible weapons of mass destruction. Read more »
Posted by admin on August 6, 2013
Hiroshima, Nuclear Zero