Ploughshares Fund Blog

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
Last year, the conventional wisdom in Washington was that military strikes on Iran were imminent. In cafes in San Francisco, however, very few people were even aware that there was a dispute. As a bicoastal organization, Ploughshares Fund wanted to do something to help make sure that the whole nation was involved in a discussion about U.S policy toward Iran.  Read more »
Posted by admin on September 19, 2013
Partners, Video, Iran
As the world explores the feasibility of Russia's proposal to remove chemical weapons from Syria, Ploughshares Fund experts are being called upon by the media to explain what such an effort would entail and what the ramifications of the deal would be for other strategic goals in the region.  Read more »
Posted by admin on September 12, 2013
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