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 Huge Deal

    This agreement will shrink wrap Iran’s nuclear program for a generation, writes Ploughshares Fund President Joe Cirincione for Slate.

    July 14, 2015 - By Anonymous
  • Speaker of the House John Boehner's invitation to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hurts his own party, the policy process and Israel.

    January 26, 2015 - By Joe Cirincione
  • Washington D.C. and capital cities of the other world powers are abuzz about the prospect for a comprehensive deal that closes of Iran’s pathways to a nuclear bomb.

    November 22, 2014 - By Blake Narendra
  • Broken budgets? Make a withdrawal from the Nuclear ATM

    “To address high priority and emerging threats the United States does not have to break the congressional budget deal and increase defense spending,” writes Tom Collina in a new Arms Control Association report published today. “Instead, Washington can safely reduce spending on nuclear weapons...

    October 20, 2014 - By Jacob Marx
  • How the United States and Iran can make history and mend their strained relationship by finally securing a nuclear deal.

    October 16, 2014 - By Ali Albassam
  • The international talks over Iran's nuclear program have been extended through November. Sure, we'd rather have had a deal. But as long as all sides remain committed to the process, we're still on track to achieve the objective: peacefully preventing the development of an Iranian nuclear weapon. 

    July 22, 2014 - By admin
  • It started with one explosion in 1945. An explosion unlike any the world had ever seen. The first nuclear weapon, detonated by the United States, launched an era of nuclear proliferation that persists to this day. With the end of the Cold War, nuclear weapons are increasingly irrelevant, but the threat they represent is still very real. The tide of proliferation has ebbed. Now we have the chance to roll it back to end the threat of nuclear weapons forever.

    July 1, 2014 - By Peter Fedewa
  • On Tuesday, May 13, Ploughshares Fund President, Joe Cirincione, sat on a distinguished panel of experts at the US Institute of International Peace (USIP)  to discuss the “The Rubik’s Cube of a Final Agreement” between the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, the European Union and Iran.

    May 16, 2014 - By Blake Narendra
  • Whenever the topic of negotiations with Iran comes up, the word “breakout” isn’t far behind. But what is “breakout,” and why is it so important? Breakout time estimates are both a barometer of the time it would take for Iran to build a nuclear weapon and an indication of diplomatic progress to prevent that possibility.

    April 23, 2014 - By Emily Hauser
  • In September 2012, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood at a United Nations' podium with a cartoon bomb warning that the world had to stop Iran before it completed “the second stage of nuclear enrichment necessary to make a bomb.”

    April 21, 2014 - By Joe Cirincione