What We Do
Ploughshares Fund is not just a foundation. It’s true that we invest in the smartest people with the best ideas for keeping our country safe. But we also bring groups from all across the political spectrum together to pursue common goals. We initiate and lead campaigns when we see gaps in the community. And we amplify the work of our grantees with our own resources:a lively legislative office in Washington, DC, political and media connections and deep expertise.
No other foundation or organization combines these assets. When we deploy them together, it works.
Big Issues Require Big Thinking
Nuclear weapons present a real and urgent danger, whether they reside in unstable countries or are sought by terrorists. While they once helped guard our security, today they undermine it. That’s why leading thinkers and former Cold Warriors agree – to end the threat of nuclear weapons we must eliminate them altogether.
Ploughshares Fund supports and partners with organizations working to promote the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons. Our work aims to:
- Develop the necessary research to safely eliminate nuclear weapons
- Build a consensus among world leaders for this new security paradigm
- Sustain public support for the verifiable elimination of these weapons
A Vision We Can Achieve
We envision a world without nuclear weapons. To get there, we must take concrete steps now:
- Reduce the numbers of nuclear weapons
- Prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, especially the tough cases of Iran and North Korea
- Build security and peace in South Asia, a region where the threats of nuclear weapons, terrorism and conflict converge
Making Good Work Better
We leverage our investments with hands-on activities. Convening. Lobbying. Media commentary. Policy development. This year we are leading three campaigns:
- Accelerate the Reset. Against overwhelming odds we helped strengthen U.S. security by winning the New START treaty to reduce U.S. and Russian nuclear arms. We can build momentum for further cuts by generating ideas to overcome obstacles on issues like missile defense and tactical nuclear weapons.
- Decrease the Debt. We currently spend $54 billion each year on nuclear weapons and related programs. Plans are in place to spend some $15 billion more per year for a new generation of submarines, bombers, missiles and new bomb factories. Over the next decade we could spend close to $700 billion on a nuclear arsenal configured to fight last century's threats. In a time of fiscal crisis, we can cut spending without sacrificing our security.
- Advance Diplomatic Solutions. Iran presents a serious and complex challenge. To confront its nuclear ambitions, we must strengthen the current two-track strategy of punitive measures and positive inducements. Our goal is to promote diplomatic solutions to:
- Reduce tensions between Iran, its neighbors and the West
- Reduce the incentives for Iran to develop a nuclear weapon
For all of this work, we support fact-finding missions, on-the-ground analysis, civil society engagement, policy-oriented research, high-level dialogue, policy advocacy, lobbying, media outreach and rapid response in order to shape the debate among policymakers and advance our agenda.
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