Iran Nuclear Agreement

The Iran nuclear agreement was a major victory for national and global security. Negotiated by the US and other world powers, the agreement stopped an Iranian bomb from being developed without starting a new war in the Middle East. Civil society played a critical role in this historic victory.

President Trump has violated the agreement, but the fight isn’t over. The landmark 2015 agreement remains fragile even though it’s working, keeping both US troops and the world safer. As former Secretary of State John Kerry warned, the re-imposition of sanctions could cause the landmark accord to unravel. In the face of these challenges, Ploughshares Fund and its grantees are working harder than ever to protect this important accord from those who seek to undermine it.

Latest News and Analysis on the Ongoing Struggle to Defend the Iran Nuclear Agreement

  • America and Iran Can Still Return to the Nuclear Deal

    Iran announced last week that it would begin enriching uranium up to 60% following an attack on its Natanz nuclear facility that damaged centrifuges and cut the power supply. Worries grew quickly that this attack, allegedly carried out by Israel, could negatively impact the ongoing efforts to...

    April 23, 2021 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Defend Diplomacy with Iran

    Ploughshares Fund is proud to join over 30 pro-diplomacy groups in sending a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to fulfill his campaign promise to swiftly rejoin the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which rolled back Iran's nuclear program and prevented it from developing the capability to make an...

    March 15, 2021 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Grantee Spotlight: Jamal Abdi

    Jamal Abdi is the president of National Iranian American Council (NIAC), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization founded in 2002 to give voice to the Iranian American community. Prior to joining NIAC, Jamal worked in the US Congress as Policy Advisor on foreign policy, national security and...

    February 4, 2021 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • The First 100 Days and Nuclear Weapons Policy

    Ploughshares Fund welcomes the Biden administration. Many nuclear policy issues were left unresolved at the end of the Obama administration, and President Trump only added to the list. The first 100 days of Joe Biden’s presidency will be crucial for making early announcements and setting...

    February 4, 2021 - By Tom Collina
  • COVID-19, Iran and US National Security

    The pandemic has hit Iran hard, a combination of government incompetence and US sanctions that block Iran’s access to medicine and medical supplies.  “Iran is one of the epicenters for the [COVID-19] disease,” said Ariane Tabatabai, a Middle East expert and adjunct senior research fellow at...

    April 6, 2020 - By Zack Brown
  • Grantee Spotlight: MoveOn

    Rahna Epting is the executive director of MoveOn, which works to advance progressive policies and social change. Over the past 20 years, MoveOn members have been part of game-changing victories that have prioritized peace and diplomacy over war, including recently organizing national rapid-...

    April 2, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • The Moral Choice, the National Security Choice

    In light of the increasingly dire situation in Iran as the country combats the COVID-19 pandemic, over 40 organizations – including NIAC Action, J Street, Truman National Security Project, MoveOn, Win Without War, and Ploughshares Fund  –  sent a letter calling on President Trump...

    March 24, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Grassroots Investments

    Over the past three years, Ploughshares Fund has significantly expanded our investments in grassroots organizations. Grantees include influential national organizations as well as local groups focused on nuclear issues. Grassroots work by Ploughshares Fund grantees (including,...

    March 12, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • The Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft

    The Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft (Quincy Institute) is an action-oriented think tank whose goal is to lay the foundation for a new foreign policy centered on diplomatic engagement and military restraint. Its founders, which include former NIAC President Trita Parsi, believe the...

    March 11, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Breaking Down Breakout

    “I’m concerned about the future of the nuclear deal,” said Kelsey Davenport, “but I’m not alarmed at this point.” Kelsey Davenport is the director for nonproliferation policy at the Arms Control Association and an expert on Iran’s nuclear and missile programs. She sat down with Ploughshares Fund...

    January 17, 2020 - By Zack Brown