Between them, the United States and Russia still hold over 95% of the world's nuclear weapons. Reducing these stockpiles helps increase global stability, builds the international non-proliferation regime and reduces the chances that nuclear materials will fall into the hands of terrorists. Following is analysis and opinion from Ploughshares Fund staff, grantees and guests on the ongoing efforts to reduce nuclear weapons stockpiles in the US and Russia.

  • Russia, US and Nuclear

    “The horror and reactions to the Paris massacre have overshadowed a troubling new twist in the US-Russian rivalry that could prove even more terrifying,” warns Joe Cirincione in the Huffington Post. “Russian state media recently ‘accidentally’ revealed plans for a bizarre new nuclear...

    December 9, 2015 - By Will Lowry
  • A New Arms Race Threatens to Bring the US and Russia Back to the Nuclear Brink

    The horror and reactions to the Paris massacre have overshadowed a troubling new twist in the U.S.-Russian rivalry that could prove even more terrifying. Russian state media recently “accidentally” revealed plans for a bizarre new nuclear torpedo.

    November 23, 2015 - By Joe Cirincione
  • Browsing the headlines, the world looks a dangerous place. Boko Haram is bombing its way across Nigeria, civil war in Syria, transnational terrorism and more. But the biggest danger is conspicuously...

    July 11, 2014 - By Eric Sutphin
  • As the P5+1 negotiations with Iran continue, there are grounds for optimism that an agreement can be reached by the July 20th deadline. A deal would be a significant achievement in the ongoing battle against the proliferation of nuclear weapons. But this raises the question: what...

    July 2, 2014 - By Eric Sutphin
  • 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...

    September 12, 2013 - By admin
  • 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.*

    September 9, 2013 - By admin
  • 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

    September 3, 2013 - By admin
  • 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.

    August 20, 2013 - By Joe Cirincione
  • Writing for Defense One, Joe Cirincione urges the U.S. and Russia to move past Snowden and focus on long-standing bilateral security threats.

    August 8, 2013 - By admin
  • Fukushima 2013 to 20013? Legacy of the Nuclear Age

    Next week marks the second anniversary of the nuclear accident at the Fukushima reactors in Japan. Remember? The days and weeks we collectively crossed our fingers as heroic workers improvised and threw everything they could at melting reactors and damaged spent fuel pools to stave off disaster...

    March 7, 2013 - By Paul Carroll