With the United Kingdom and France operating hundreds of nuclear weapons of their own and the United States fielding its own nuclear weapons in bases throughout the region, Europe plays a critical role in global nuclear weapon policy. Following is analysis and opinion from Ploughshares Fund staff, grantees and guests on the ongoing struggle to deal with nuclear weapons in Europe.

  • Last week, a British-German delegation of the European Leadership Network (ELN) made the rounds in Washington. ELN, a non-profit, non-partisan organization based in the United Kingdom, works to promote the idea of multilateral nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. The group has built and continues to expand an impressive, high-level network of senior political, military and diplomatic leaders.

    April 23, 2012 - By Rebecca Remy
  • Just weeks after outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates painted a grim picture of NATO’s future, experts weighed in with their own prescriptions for the alliance's nuclear future.

    July 25, 2011 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Countdown to Zero, the compelling new documentary on the danger nuclear weapons pose to global security,is opening in the United Kingdom on June 21, where 77 theaters around the country will premiere the film.

    June 13, 2011 - By Megan Murphy
  • US President Barack Obama has made history by using an autopen - an automatic signing machine - from an ocean away to sign a legislation into law hours before expiry. And stirred a new controversy. Originally, there had been a plan in place to have a White House aide hand-carry the legislation re-authorizing the Patriot Act, a controversial set of anti-terrorism and law enforcement measures passed in the wake of 9/11, to Europe, where Obama was for G8 talks. However, the vote process was delayed, which meant that the bill might not have reached Obama before the act expired at midnight Thursday. 

    May 28, 2011 - By admin
  • The British government is getting ready to undertake a serious inquiry into the future of its nuclear weapons program.

    February 14, 2011 - By Reid Pauly
  • British Prime Minister David Cameron announced plans to cut military personnel and hardware in an effort to reconfigure a military that he called "overstretched, underequipped and ill-prepared" to meet the unconventional warfare challenges of the future.

    October 20, 2010 - By Kelly Bronk
  • NATO is finishing a review of its Strategic Concept before the Lisbon Summit next month.

    October 12, 2010 - By Reid Pauly
  • On Wednesday, 30 European leaders, including former Prime Ministers, Foreign Ministers and Defense Ministers released a joint statement declaring that "NATO should make disarmament

    September 29, 2010 - By Sarah Beth Cross
  •  Joe meets with the newly appointed Danish Ambassador, Mr. Peter Taksoe-Jensen and Minister Counselor Lars von Spreckelsen-Syberg to discuss the U.S. non-proliferation policy and Prague agenda.

    September 24, 2010 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • As the 189 signatories to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty gather in New York this week for the five-year review of the progress toward the goals of the treaty, Ploughshares Fund staff, board members and grantees are providing analysis and commentary on the range of issues under discussion, from Iran's nuclear program to global efforts to achieve a nuclear weapon-free world. 

    June 1, 2010 - By Deborah Bain