Chain Reaction

Chain Reaction is an annual event hosted by Ploughshares Fund, the nation's largest publicly-supported foundation dedicated exclusively to fighting the dangers posed by nuclear weapons. The event features scholars, scientists, activists and elected officials who are working tirelessly to keep us out of nuclear war and moving toward a world where nuclear weapons no longer exist.

Enjoy videos from the most recent Chain Reaction event

  • Joe Cirincione discusses the New Moment

    Watch Joe Cirincione (video above), President of Ploughshares Fund and host of the "Press the Button" podcast. In his introduction to the theme of the event, Chain Reaction 2019, he discusses a new moment facing US nuclear policy, in the midst of a trillion-dollar nuclear arms buildup and...

    June 19, 2019 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Beatrice Fihn on California and the Nuclear Ban

    We had the privilege of hearing Beatrice Fihn speak about California's role in the problem of nuclear weapons, the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons and the importance of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Watch her full remarks in the video.

    June 19, 2019 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Jerry Brown on Nuclear Diplomacy

    Watch Jerry Brown, former governor of California, current Executive Chairman of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and board member of the Nuclear Threat Initiative in conversation with Eric Schlosser, author, producer, and Ploughshares Fund Board Member. See him discuss his experience with...

    June 19, 2019 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • A Conversation on Nuclear Security

    Watch Michelle Dover (Program Director at Ploughshares Fund), Emma Belcher (leader of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's Nuclear Challenges program, member of advisory committee of N Square), and Eric Schlosser (author and producer of Command & Control and Fast...

    June 19, 2019 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Alex Wellerstein on the

    Watch Alex Wellerstein's demonstration of NUKEMAP, an interactive map that uses declassified nuclear weapons effects data to model the explosion of nuclear weapons (contemporary, historical, or of any given arbitrary yield) on virtually any terrain and at virtually any altitude. He discusses the...

    June 19, 2019 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Ben Rhodes on No First Use and Ploughshares Fund

    Watch Ben Rhodes' discussion of a No First Use nuclear weapons policy and see a video promoting that policy. We had the privilege of hearing him speak about the importance of a recent...

    June 19, 2019 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • A Tribute to Lewis H. Butler

    Watch Rachel Pike, Director of Product Marketing at Grand Rounds, Ploughshares Fund Board Member, and granddaughter of Sally Lilienthal, founder of Ploughshares Fund at Chain Reaction 2019: A New Moment. She delivers a tribute to Lewis H. "Lew" Butler, the founding Chair of the Ploughshares Fund...

    June 19, 2019 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Terry Gamble Boyer Welcome Remarks

    Watch Terry Gamble Boyer, Chair of the Ploughshares Fund Board of Directors, writer, co-founder of the Caldera Foundation, and Master of Ceremonies at Chain Reaction 2019: A New Moment. She delivers opening remarks welcoming guests to the event, thanking supporters of Chain Reaction, and...

    June 19, 2019 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Chain Reaction 2019: A New Moment

    New congressional leadership, the dynamic start of the presidential campaigns, and a new wave of citizen activism gives us promise that we can prevent the worst from happening in the current administration and forge a saner nuclear policy for the next. Today, we see hope amassed in A New...

    April 26, 2019 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Yasmeen Silva on Mobilizing Against Nuclear Weapons

    This year's Chain Reaction 2018: Leadership + Democracy in San Francisco on June 25, 2018 featured Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman, author and producer Eric Schlosser, and former Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, and was a special tribute to William J. Perry, 19th US Secretary of Defense...

    July 11, 2018 - By Ploughshares Fund