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

  • No negotiation process is easy or smooth, particularly between long-time rivals. Some Westerners are worried that Iran can’t be trusted to negotiate in good faith.

    February 28, 2014 - By Emily Hauser
  • How old is Iran’s nuclear program, how did it come into being, and who’s in charge? If you want to test your own knowledge of these facts, click here to take the Ploughshares Fund quiz! But if you’d rather peek at a study guide first – we’re here to help.

    February 19, 2014 - By Emily Hauser
  • As Iran and six of the world's major powers reconvene in Geneva to negotiate a final resolution of the nuclear crisis, it is clear that Iranian hardliners and Israeli skepticism are not the only stumbling blocks. There is another entity threatening to upend the negotiations: the legacy of American neoconservatives.

    February 13, 2014 - By Lisa Bergstrom
  • The stakes could not be higher—or the issues tougher—as the world’s six major powers and Iran launch talks February 18 on final resolution of the Iranian nuclear crisis.

    February 10, 2014 - By Joe Cirincione
  • Sitting at the Chicago airport, snow swirling outside, salt covering my shoes, eagerly waiting for my delayed flight to take me back to San Francisco, I contemplate the previous month of travel with Joe Cirincione.

    February 7, 2014 - By Elizabeth Warner
  • It is hard to turn on a TV, crack open a newspaper or turn on the radio without hearing something about the Iran nuclear deal. This deal represents the first step in negotiating an end to the threat of an Iranian nuclear weapon as well as an historical rapprochement after 30 years of misunderstanding. Among the fray, you’re likely to find more than a few Ploughshares Fund grantees.

    January 27, 2014 - By admin
  • The recent first-step nuclear deal with Iran will strengthen U.S. security by verifiably halting Iran’s program and setting a path for rolling it back through comprehensive nuclear negotiations.  So why are some in Congress opposing the deal, and what outcome do they expect if they scuttle diplomacy?

    It’s important to remember what the U.S. gets with this deal, versus the alternative.

    January 15, 2014 - By Joel Rubin
  • We’ve come together because we share a passion for achieving the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.

    December 19, 2013 - By Michael Douglas and Farshad Farahat
  • The U.S.-Iran nuclear deal is a significant step toward ensuring that Iran does not develop a nuclear weapon. In his Los Angeles Times opinion piece, "What defusing Iran would mean," Ploughshares Fund president Joe Cirincione looks at the broader implications for successfully implementing the interim deal and the steps to follow.

    December 9, 2013 - By admin
  • With so much confusion and misinformation over the recent interim deal on Iran’s nuclear program, Ploughshares Fund president Joe Cirincione sat down with noted scholar and Middle East commentator Reza Aslan to sort out the facts. Dr. Aslan has been a member of the Ploughshares Fund board of directors since 2006.

    December 6, 2013 - By admin