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

  • Culture, North Korea and Nuclear Impasse

    At Ploughshares Fund, we support emergent expert voices as a way of injecting fresh ideas into nuclear security and educating the public about nuclear weapons. As part of that commitment, we are beginning a new interview series in which up-and-coming researchers, particularly in the humanities...

    February 3, 2017 - By John Carl Baker
  • The Future of the Command and Control of Our Nuclear Weapons

    Right now the world faces two existential threats: climate change and nuclear weapons. While climate change gets a great deal of attention in the press, the grave danger posed by nuclear weapons is too often forgotten. And yet former Secretary of Defense Bill Perry argues that the risk of a...

    November 9, 2016 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • US, Iran Religious Leaders: Nuclear Weapons ‘Immoral’

    Back in March 2014, a delegation of US bishops made a historic visit to Qom, Iran and held a meeting with Iranian religious leaders. On November 17, an audience at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC will have the chance to hear firsthand what they discussed in Qom,...

    November 3, 2016 - By Will Lowry
  • Beyond Clinton or Trump: Nuclear Weapons and Democracy

    In November, US citizens will head to the ballot box to elect a new president - yet among the American populace, the necessity of elections is increasingly up for debate. Data from the World Values Survey shows...

    September 27, 2016 - By John Carl Baker
  • Daryl Kimball Reddit AMA

    Arms Control Association director Daryl G. Kimball hosted an AMA (‘Ask me Anything’) session on Reddit, the 25th most visited web site in the world. Reddit’s AMA regularly features noteworthy individuals with unique expertise to take questions from anybody in...

    September 21, 2016 - By Derek Zender
  • Time for Korean Americans to be heard on North Korea

    North Korea’s fifth nuclear test is yet another example of how brazen provocation desensitizes us to the truly significant. While many will debate the details of the latest test, few in the Korean-American community are focusing on the bigger picture – that a US policy of increasing pressure...

    September 16, 2016 - By Philip Yun
  • Command and Control

    The highly anticipated new documentary, Command and Control, which presents a chilling account of one of many near nuclear disasters America has faced – and still faces – is opening in select theaters across the country for a limited time.

    September 14, 2016 - By Derek Zender
  • N Square: Nuclear Weapons & Culture
    Since our inception, Ploughshares Fund has invested in innovative organizations and individuals in its quest to reduce nuclear weapons threats. Our investments have adapted and shifted with the times; what worked in 1981 doesn’t necessarily work today. That’s why we’re currently investing in ...
    September 2, 2016 - By Paul Carroll
  • Culture and Nuclear Weapons at Tribeca Film Festival

    Since the Nuclear Freeze movement of 1980s ended along with the Cold War, there has been little popular attention paid to the dangers nuclear weapons pose to humanity. This is especially worrying because many experts believe we are on the brink of a new nuclear arms race. But beyond the nuclear...

    May 6, 2016 - By Elizabeth Warner
  • Tribeca Film Festival Goes Nuclear

    This year’s Tribeca Film Festival showcased a number of features focused on the threats posed by nuclear weapons. The famed festival closed with a groundbreaking multimedia installation called the bomb, funded in part by Ploughshares Fund. Festival organizers are calling it the ‘most...

    April 22, 2016 - By Will Lowry