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

  • Why the Iran Deal is in the US National Interest

    Watch or read Joe Cirincione's complete lecture on the Iran nuclear agreement, originally presented on January 29, 2018 at Oklahoma State University-Stillwater. In the video above, Joe Cirincione begins at 4:38. The following is the complete text of Joe Cirincione's lecture on the Iran nuclear...

    February 9, 2018 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Iran Deal: Hanging by a Thread

    The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – commonly known as the Iran nuclear agreement – was finalized in Vienna in July 2015. In what may have been the greatest foreign policy achievement in a generation, China, the European Union, France, Germany, Iran, Russia, the United Kingdom, and...

    January 22, 2018 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Saving the Iran Deal: VoteVets

    What happens if President Trump and Congress demolish the Iran nuclear agreement? Military veterans are worried, especially those who’ve served in recent conflicts. They know what war in the Middle East is like. They know its sounds and smells. They’ve faced combatants, person to person, and...

    December 11, 2017 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • VIDEOS: Nuclear Weapons Policy in a Time of Crisis

    Videos, in chronological order, from the conference: 1. Welcoming Comments from Joe Cirincione, President, Ploughshares Fund; Opening Address: Congresswoman Barbara Lee 2. Senator Dianne Feinstein 3. Senator Ed Markey 4. Congressman Ted Lieu 5. Congressman Adam Smith 6. Future of the Iran Deal 7...

    November 3, 2017 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Livestream: Nuclear Weapons Policy in a Time of Crisis 10/26

    Join us on Thursday, October 26th on Facebook for a live streamed, in-depth briefing on nuclear weapons policy in a time of crisis. This event will be live streamed on the Ploughshares Fund Facebook page.

    October 18, 2017 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Rising Up to the Challenge

    Today, President Trump took the first step towards killing the international agreement that stops Iran from building nuclear weapons and prevents a new war in the Middle East. Ending this historic agreement puts both possibilities back in play. At his press conference this morning, Trump...

    October 13, 2017 - By Joe Cirincione
  • Save the Iran Nuclear Agreement

    We're bringing together the best and brightest to stop a bomb, and to stop a war. 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...

    October 10, 2017 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • 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