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A new episode of Press the Button is available every Tuesday.

An engaging podcast on nuclear policy and national security, Press the Button is co-hosted by defense experts Joe Cirincione and Michelle Dover of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation. This weekly podcast features top officials and experts discussing the latest developments on Iran, North Korea, nuclear weapons, military budgets and foreign policy. Press the Button offers diverse views on one of the most important issues of our time: preventing nuclear war.

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  • Will Joe Biden Transform U.S. National Security for the Better?

    Less than twenty-four hours before major news organizations called the presidential election for the former vice president, national security expert Heather Hurlburt was already envisioning the consequences of a Joe Biden win. “There are going to be some huge changes right off the bat,” she said...

    November 24, 2020 - By Zack Brown
  • Betting on Global Security

    The way philanthropy operates in America needs to change, said Alexandra Toma, the executive director at the Peace and Security Funders Group, a network of funders who tackle international security issues. This is especially true now, as the coronavirus pandemic and nascent arms races threaten...

    November 10, 2020 - By Zack Brown
  • The Myth of American Primacy

    The birth of American primacy is based on a myth, said Dr. Stephen Wertheim, deputy director of research and policy at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft and author of the new book, Tomorrow, the World: The Birth of US Global Supremacy. According to the standard narrative, in the...

    November 4, 2020 - By Zack Brown
  • Our Brave New (Cyber) World, According to David Sanger

    When Virginia’s voter registration site went down on the last day before the deadline, David Sanger’s phone was ringing off the hook. “Everyone thought, ‘Are the Russians in the registration system?’” said Sanger, national security correspondent at the New York Times and author of the best-...

    October 29, 2020 - By Zack Brown
  • Talk About the Perfect Weapon

    Listen to our latest episode featuring David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times. A new episode of Press the Button is available every Tuesday. An engaging podcast on nuclear policy and national security, Press the Button is co-hosted by...

    October 20, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • The Nuclear Arsenal Problem You Never Saw Coming

    Former Defense Secretary William J. Perry lambasted the policy of presidential sole authority over the nation’s nuclear weapons, saying it was “in complete contrast with the Constitution, which reserved for Congress the right to declare war.” The issue of nuclear control was back in the news...

    October 20, 2020 - By Zack Brown
  • Banning the Bomb

    Since this recent recording, on October 24, 2020, Honduras became the 50th nation to ratify the UN Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons, triggering entry into force on January 22, 2021.

    October 7, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Towards a Feminist Foreign Policy in the US

    In May 2020, Ploughshares Fund was proud to be one of the more than 70 organizations to endorse a white paper outlining what a US feminist foreign policy might look like: Towards a Feminist Foreign...

    October 6, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • 5 Great First Episodes

    Here are 5 favorite episodes, great places to start if you are new to Press the Button, or podcasts in general. You can listen to any of these episodes, right now from this page. Press the Button is co-hosted by Ploughshares Fund defense experts Tom Collina and Michelle Dover. The podcast offers...

    October 5, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Why America Should Bring Home Its Nuclear Weapons

    American tactical nuclear weapons in Europe have outlived their usefulness and should be brought home, argued Mike Sweeney, national security expert and fellow at the libertarian think tank, Defense Priorities. “It’s kind of a forgotten issue,” he explained in an interview with the podcast Press...

    October 2, 2020 - By Zack Brown