Conflict & Regional Security

Special challenges arise when nuclear weapons and conventional conflict intersect. Ploughshares Fund seeks to address the unique risks of situations in which escalation of conventional conflict could lead to the use or loss of control of nuclear weapons. Ploughshares Fund's targeted efforts aim to resolve conflict and build civil society engagement in affected areas. 

Currently, this portfolio focuses on two geographic regions: South Asia and the Middle East. Ploughshares Fund's South Asia funding strategy to date has focused on investments that can help create the long-term regional security conditions necessary for Pakistan and India to reduce their nuclear arsenals. Our current Middle East funding strategy aims to invest in projects that address the underlying regional security issues and advance nonproliferation and disarmament in the Middle East.

Latest News and Analysis on Preventing Conflict and Building Regional Security

  • At a seminar organized by the European Policy Centre in Brussels, two former army generals-turned-analysts from India and Pakistan discounted the option of war between the two nuclear-armed nations, and stressed cooperation instead of confrontation. Retired Maj.

    February 18, 2009 - By Anonymous
  • Special Envoy Richard Holbrooke must make the protection of civilians a top U.S. policy priority in Pakistan, says Ploughshares-funded Refugees International. The conflict has forced 450,000 people to flee their homes.

    February 11, 2009 - By Anonymous
  • The Defense Department is unable to account for thousands of weapons supplied to Afghanistan's security forces. The findings raise disturbing questions about weapons that may have fallen into the hands of Taliban or al-Qaida forces, who staged attacks in Kabul this week.

    February 11, 2009 - By Anonymous
  • by Lisa Schirch

    Washington, D.C. - As policymakers in Washington assess the best way forward in Afghanistan, they should heed advice from thousands of Afghan civil society leaders working to improve their country. While divided in their support for a troop surge, Afghan civil society leaders are unanimous in wanting a shift in the US approach to their country. Afghanistan needs a "3D" strategy with a better balance and better divisions of labour between military defense, diplomacy and development.

    February 8, 2009 - By Anonymous
  • At the annual meeting for American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Chicago, Illinois, Joe Cirincione spoke on a panel  titled "The Science of Arms Control" about

    February 6, 2009 - By Anonymous
  • In a discussion with Rachel Maddow on MSNBC, Joe Cirincione commented on the possible pick of Gary Samore to the congressionally mandated position of Coordinator for the Prevention of WMD Proliferation and Terrorism, or WMD Cz

    January 27, 2009 - By admin
  • The deadly Mumbai attacks were timed to push nuclear-armed India and Pakistan back to the brink of war, say South Asian experts.

    December 1, 2008 - By Anonymous
  • The Ploughshares-funded Refugees International is calling on the incoming Obama adminstration to ensure a stable Iraq and comprehensively address the needs of displaced Iraqis. "Regardless of how long U.S.

    November 25, 2008 - By Anonymous
  • "If greatness is bestowed upon our presidents by the seriousness of the problems they face, then the coming months are likely to produce Mount Rushmore-like moments," writes Rick Barton, co-director of the Ploughshares-funded

    November 6, 2008 - By Sarah Brown