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

  • In Their Own Words: Grantees on the Iran Deal

    Ploughshares Fund's powerful network of grantees was vital to our five-year campaign for a diplomatic solution to the Iran nuclear crisis. Grantees like Women's Action for New Directions (WAND), which recently hosted an excellent presentation on the deal's achievements after one year, made all...

    July 13, 2016 - By Will Lowry
  • One Year In, the Iran Deal is Working

    On July 14, 2015, the historic Iran nuclear deal was announced in Vienna. One year later, the agreement is working: all of Iran's pathways to a nuclear weapon have been verifiably blocked, and international sanctions lifted. The agreement was won not by force, but by diplomacy. Over the course...

    July 7, 2016 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Joe Cirincione Testifies before the Democratic Platform Committee

     

     

     

    Ploughshares Fund President Joe Cirincione recently testified before the Democratic Platform Drafting Committee, highlighting the urgent threats posed by nuclear weapons: "The use of one nuclear weapon...

    June 20, 2016 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Testimony of Joseph Cirincione

    While most of us have forgotten that nuclear weapons still exist today, national security leaders have not. They take seriously former Secretary of Defense Bill Perry warning that we 'are on the brink of a new nuclear arms race' with all the perils, near-misses and terrors many thought ended...

    June 20, 2016 - By Joe Cirincione
  • The Iran Agreement: A Victory for Diplomacy

    The Iran Agreement is working. Not by force, but by diplomacy. On January 16, 2016, Iran's four pathways to a nuclear weapon were verifiably blocked. Since then moderates and reformers won major victories in elections in Iran, new channels of communication between the US and Iran helped quickly...

    March 17, 2016 - By Joe Cirincione
  • The Deal is Real

    The deal is real. On Saturday, the International Atomic Energy Agency verified that Iran has completed all its commitments under the historic nuclear accord and sanctions were lifted. Iran has ripped out two-thirds of its centrifuges, neutralized its plutonium reactor, shipped out tons of...

    January 16, 2016 - By Will Lowry
  • Stops a Bomb, Stops a War

    In the 2016 State of the Union address President Barack Obama said that, "As we speak, Iran has rolled back its nuclear program, shipped out its uranium stockpile, and the world has avoided another war." This triumph for nuclear security is a direct result of the JCPOA – the Joint Comprehensive...

    January 14, 2016 - By Will Lowry
  • Models for US policy towards North Korea

    On Democracy Now, Ploughshares Fund president Joe Cirincione suggests a question for thinking about US policy towards North Korea as it relates to their 4th nuclear weapons test: which is a better model -- the Iraq War or the Iran deal?

    January 7, 2016 - By Will Lowry
  • How We Won

    The Iran Agreement is a major victory for U.S. national security. It stops an Iran Bomb; it stops an Iran War. It is also a historic victory for diplomacy, even though tough hurdles lie ahead. President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will shake hands when they...

    September 22, 2015 - By Joe Cirincione
  • Senate Upholds Historic Iran Nuclear Deal

    We applaud the U.S. senators who today defeated attempts to kill the Iran nuclear agreement – effectively ensuring that the agreement will soon come into force. "The agreement is the best way to stop Iran from building a bomb,” said Ploughshares Fund President Joe Cirincione.  "It has profound,...

    September 10, 2015 - By Ploughshares Fund