Iran Nuclear Agreement

The Iran nuclear agreement is a major victory for national and global security. Negotiated by the US and other world powers, the agreement stopped an Iranian bomb from being developed without starting a new war in the Middle East. Civil society played a critical role in this historic victory. 

But the fight isn’t over. The landmark 2015 agreement remains fragile even though it’s working seamlessly, keeping both US troops and the world safer. On the campaign trail, Donald Trump pledged to “rip it up” – a threat he thankfully has yet to act on. But detractors in Congress have already tried to kill the deal and they likely won’t give up soon. And new sanctions legislation, warned former Secretary of State John Kerry, could cause the landmark accord to unravel. In the face of these challenges, Ploughshares Fund and its grantees are working harder than ever to protect this important accord from those who seek to undermine it.

Latest News and Analysis on the Ongoing Struggle to Defend the Iran Nuclear Agreement

  • WATCH: John Kerry defends Iran nuclear deal

    It’s been two years since world leaders finalized the historic Iran nuclear agreement in Vienna. It stopped Iran from developing a nuclear weapon without starting another devastating war in the Middle East. And it is working. In early June, Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a powerful...

    July 12, 2017 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Grantee Spotlight: VoteVets

    When veterans have something to say about peace and security, people tend to listen. They have seen firsthand the human costs of war. And it’s American soldiers on the frontline — along with civilians caught in the crosshairs of conflict — that pay the highest price. Not the policy and decision-...

    July 12, 2017 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • VIDEO: Barbara Hall, creator of Madam Secretary

    On June 5, Barbara Hall, creator of the acclaimed television series, Madam Secretary, spoke at our Chain Reaction 2017 event featuring Secretary of State John Kerry. She spoke about the show's relationship with real world events, and told a remarkable story about a real "Madam Secretary...

    July 10, 2017 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • VIDEO: John Kerry in Defense of Diplomacy

    Secretary of State John Kerry spoke in Defense of Diplomacy at our Chain Reaction 2017 event in San Francisco on June 5. Here what he said: "There's really a bigger fight right now that we have to undertake. And I just want to say a word about that. It's a fight on behalf of diplomacy. It's a...

    July 6, 2017 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • John Kerry defends Iran nuclear deal, Paris Accord at Chain Reaction 2017

    Former Secretary of State John Kerry last night took to the stage to deliver a passionate defense of the Iran nuclear agreement and the Paris climate accord — and to remind the world of how critical they both are to global security today, and for generations to come. He stressed the importance...

    June 6, 2017 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Learn from Iran, Engage North Korea

    Since official relations between Washington and Tehran were severed in 1980, five American presidents spanning a period of three decades — from Jimmy Carter to George W. Bush — have struggled to figure out how to deal with Iran. As a candidate for the presidency in 2007, then-Senator Barack...

    November 15, 2016 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • New Report: 10 Big Nuclear Ideas for the Next President

    President-elect Donald Trump will soon have to focus seriously on nuclear policy. With this in mind, Ploughshares Fund invited some of the best thinkers in the field to come up with ten bold ideas to help make America safer and more secure. 

    November 14, 2016 - By Tom Collina
  • US, Iran Religious Leaders: Nuclear Weapons ‘Immoral’

    Back in March 2014, a delegation of US bishops made a historic visit to Qom, Iran and held a meeting with Iranian religious leaders. On November 17, an audience at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC will have the chance to hear firsthand what they discussed in Qom,...

    November 3, 2016 - By Will Lowry
  • Daryl Kimball Reddit AMA

    Arms Control Association director Daryl G. Kimball hosted an AMA (‘Ask me Anything’) session on Reddit, the 25th most visited web site in the world. Reddit’s AMA regularly features noteworthy individuals with unique expertise to take questions from anybody in...

    September 21, 2016 - By Derek Zender
  • Iran Deal: The Fight Isn't Over

    One year ago today, we witnessed history unfold before our very eyes with the landmark nuclear deal between Iran, the US and other world powers. It stopped Iran from building a bomb without a single shot being fired.

    July 14, 2016 - By Tom Collina