Culture and Nuclear Weapons

If we change our cultural conceptions of nuclear weapons, we can make the world safer from nuclear threats.

The dangers of nuclear weapons are rarely communicated in a way that is compelling and accessible, despite the fact that these risks affect us all. At Ploughshares Fund, we are exploring the power of media, technology, and popular culture to change perceptions and attitudes. Learn more about our Cultural Change Initiative here.

Latest News, Analysis and Explorations of Culture and Nuclear Weapons

  • Press the Button, a Ploughshares Fund podcast

    Listen and subscribe to Press the Button, a weekly podcast from Ploughshares Fund dedicated to nuclear policy and national security. An engaging and dynamic look at one of the most critical issues of our time, Press the Button offers the latest news, insider interviews and in-...

    April 12, 2019 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • 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
  • 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
  • N Square Collaborative

    Since our inception, innovation has been a core part of Ploughshares Fund’s quest to reduce and eliminate nuclear weapons. From small seed grants to early stage funding for less conventional projects, it remains a part of who we are. Over the years our investments have adapted and shifted with...

    May 23, 2019 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Seven Questions for Beatrice Fihn

    Beatrice Fihn is the Executive Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize-winning campaign coalition that works to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons. She accepted the Nobel Peace Prize and delivered the Nobel Lecture in Oslo on...

    May 7, 2019 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Seven Questions for Marissa Conway

    Marissa Conway is the Co-Founder and UK Director of Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy. She previously worked with Freedom House, a safe house for survivors of human trafficking and Living Water, a clean water charity. She is also a freelance writer and publishes pieces on feminist foreign...

    May 3, 2019 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Seven Questions for Christine Ahn

    Christine Ahn is founder and International Coordinator of Ploughshares Fund grantee and partner, Women Cross DMZ, a global movement of women mobilizing to end the Korean War, reunite families, and ensure women’s leadership in peace building. She is the co-founder of the Korea Policy Institute...

    April 22, 2019 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Seven Questions for Cecili Thompson Williams

    Cecili Thompson Williams is the Director of Ploughshares Fund grantee and partner, Beyond the Bomb, where she leads a team of campaigners and activists mobilizing against the threat of nuclear war and weapons. She has nearly two decades of experience leading mission-driven campaigns with...

    April 22, 2019 - By Ploughshares Fund