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

  • The Button

    Get started on your summer reading! You can now order a new book from former Secretary of Defense and Stanford professor of international relations William Perry and Ploughshares Fund policy director Tom Collina. The Button is a fascinating narrative of our living nuclear history—one in which...

    May 8, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Press the Button

    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
  • Responsible Disruption

    Join the Ploughshares Fund Women’s Initiative for an energizing conversation: Responsible Disruption: Women’s Participation, Perspectives and Power, Tuesday, October 20, with guest speakers, Ambassador Laura Holgate, Mareena Robinson Snowden and Sanam Naraghi Anderlini, and moderated by...

    September 11, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Unmute Yourself: Your Security, Your Vote

    For everyone—but especially Gens X and Z and Millennials—this is the most important election of our lifetimes. What threats to our national security make this so? How do democratic processes impact foreign policy goals? As we face a global pandemic and recession, how do nuclear weapons impact...

    September 11, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Unmute Yourself: Your Security, Your Vote

    For everyone—but especially Gens X and Z and Millennials—this is the most important election of our lifetimes. What threats to our national security make this so? How do democratic processes impact foreign policy goals? As we face a global pandemic and recession, how do nuclear weapons impact...

    August 25, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Ploughshares Fund Awards Navajo Storyteller Special Grant

    Ploughshares Fund is proud to announce that Sunny Dooley, a renowned Navajo elder and storyteller, is the inaugural recipient of the Estrin Award, a grant named in honor of the late Ploughshares Fund Chair Emeritus. Through her knowledge and expertise as a storyteller, Dooley will offer creative...

    August 17, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • The Real Lessons of Trinity and Hiroshima

    by Zack Brown, originally published in The National Interest. Listen to the whole episode on Press the Button.Most Americans are only familiar with a symbolic history of the atomic bomb, one that can lead people “to be very supportive of policies that have been bad for the country,” argued...

    July 15, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • How to Realize Diversity in the National Security Community

    When she saw the video of George Floyd’s murder, Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins, an arms control expert who had spent years ascending the ranks of Washington’s national security elite, felt she had to act.  With the help of her colleague, Neda Shaheen, Jenkins penned an open letter titled, “Standing...

    June 16, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • How America Became So Divided

    The state of the union today is a state of upheaval, said veteran journalist David Corn. We are in the midst of a perfect storm of interlocking crises — a pandemic that has killed one hundred and ten thousand Americans, an economic collapse that threatens tens of millions more, nationwide...

    June 9, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • The Science of Nuclear Explosions

    What makes nuclear weapons different from every other weapon? As we approach the 75th anniversary of the testing of the first atomic bomb, it is worth taking a closer look at the most powerful weapon ever invented. Most national security experts are familiar with fission and fusion. The atomic...

    June 4, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund