Ploughshares Fund Blog

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
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