Iran Nuclear Agreement

The Iran nuclear agreement is 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. 

But the fight isn’t over. The landmark 2015 agreement remains fragile even though it’s working seamlessly, keeping both US troops and the world safer. On the campaign trail, Donald Trump pledged to “rip it up” – a threat he thankfully has yet to act on. But detractors in Congress have already tried to kill the deal and they likely won’t give up soon. And new sanctions legislation, warned former Secretary of State John Kerry, 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

  • A Trump-Created Crisis with Iran

    President Donald Trump is creating another crisis, and this could be the worst of all. He is planning next week to begin pulling the United States out of the agreement made with the nations of the world to stop Iran’s nuclear program. He reportedly will say that the accord, approved unanimously...

    October 6, 2017 - By Joe Cirincione
  • We Have Got to Stop This Madness

    Like you, I am deeply worried. Everything we worked so hard to achieve is under attack. President Trump is overturning decades of bipartisan efforts that have blocked the spread of the deadliest weapons ever built. New policies coming out of the White House and Congress threaten the progress we...

    September 22, 2017 - By Joe Cirincione
  • Terisa Siagatonu and Janae Johnson

    At this year's Chain Reaction event featuring former Secretary of State John Kerry and Global Zero Campaign Director Meredith Horowski, Bay Area artists Terisa Siagatonu and Janae Johnson delivered a powerful poetry recital based on their experiences living under the specter of the two...

    August 29, 2017 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Hiroshima Day 2017

    On August 6, 1945, the United States became the first and only nation to use a nuclear weapon in combat, when it dropped the ‘Little Boy’ atomic bomb on Hiroshima and ‘Fat Man’ on Nagasaki three days later. The two bombings killed at least 129,000 people and injured many others. Radiation from...

    August 4, 2017 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • WATCH: John Kerry defends Iran nuclear deal

    It’s been two years since world leaders finalized the historic Iran nuclear agreement in Vienna. It stopped Iran from developing a nuclear weapon without starting another devastating war in the Middle East. And it is working. In early June, Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a powerful...

    July 12, 2017 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Grantee Spotlight: VoteVets

    When veterans have something to say about peace and security, people tend to listen. They have seen firsthand the human costs of war. And it’s American soldiers on the frontline — along with civilians caught in the crosshairs of conflict — that pay the highest price. Not the policy and decision-...

    July 12, 2017 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • VIDEO: Barbara Hall, creator of Madam Secretary

    On June 5, Barbara Hall, creator of the acclaimed television series, Madam Secretary, spoke at our Chain Reaction 2017 event featuring Secretary of State John Kerry. She spoke about the show's relationship with real world events, and told a remarkable story about a real "Madam Secretary...

    July 10, 2017 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • VIDEO: John Kerry in Defense of Diplomacy

    Secretary of State John Kerry spoke in Defense of Diplomacy at our Chain Reaction 2017 event in San Francisco on June 5. Here what he said: "There's really a bigger fight right now that we have to undertake. And I just want to say a word about that. It's a fight on behalf of diplomacy. It's a...

    July 6, 2017 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • John Kerry defends Iran nuclear deal, Paris Accord at Chain Reaction 2017

    Former Secretary of State John Kerry last night took to the stage to deliver a passionate defense of the Iran nuclear agreement and the Paris climate accord — and to remind the world of how critical they both are to global security today, and for generations to come. He stressed the importance...

    June 6, 2017 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Learn from Iran, Engage North Korea

    Since official relations between Washington and Tehran were severed in 1980, five American presidents spanning a period of three decades — from Jimmy Carter to George W. Bush — have struggled to figure out how to deal with Iran. As a candidate for the presidency in 2007, then-Senator Barack...

    November 15, 2016 - By Ploughshares Fund