United States

The United States invented nuclear weapons, operates the second largest nuclear force in the world and holds the dubious distinction of being the only country to use these weapons in combat. As a result, the U.S. has a special responsibility to lead the way in reducing its own nuclear weapons stockpile and calling for other nuclear armed nations to follow suite. Following is analysis and opinion from Ploughshares Fund staff, grantees and guests on the ongoing struggle to deal with nuclear weapons in the United States.

  • Did you know Mother’s Day was originally meant to be about peace?
    Established by Julia Ward Howe in 1870, Mother’s Day was originally intended to organize women for peace and disarmament after the Civil War. This year, Ploughshares Fund is bringing the holiday back to its roots with its Roses for Peace campaign, offering organic roses in honor of mothers as a way to raise funds to support women’s leadership for a nuclear free world.
    May 8, 2011 - By Margaret Swink
  • The Sustainable Partnership with Russia Group, or SuPR Group, today launched a report with recommendations for the U.S. and Russia to continue working toward reductions in their nuclear stockpiles and to tackle top security challenges, including nuclear proliferation. 

    May 4, 2011 - By Sarah Beth Cross
  • This article was co-authored by Ploughshares Fund President Joe Cirincione and Program Officer Haleh Hatami

    May 4, 2011 - By Reid Pauly
  • Missile defense has long been a thorny item on the bilateral U.S.- Russian security agenda. As the two nations progress farther down the road towards further cooperation on global security threats, the need for creative solutions to this historical roadblock have never been more desirable.

    April 29, 2011 - By Anonymous
  • What parts of the government should be permanently furloughed?

    April 11, 2011 - By Joe Cirincione
  • On April 5th, 2009, two years ago today, young President Barack Obama rose to the podium in Hradčany Square at the heart of historic Prague, Czech Republic.

    April 5, 2011 - By Reid Pauly
  • By Joe Cirincione and Paul Carroll

    On March 11, there were 443 nuclear reactors operating around the world. On March 12, that number shrunk by four.

    March 25, 2011 - By Joe Cirincione
  • One of Ronald Reagan's most powerful and living legacies was his dream of a world free of nuclear weapons. It is worth remembering this sixth of February, the centennial of his birth.

    February 4, 2011 - By Joe Cirincione
  • Joe joins Ed Schultz on MSNBC to discuss the Obama administration's policy towards Iran. Watch the full interview below or at MSNBC.

    January 18, 2011 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • By Joseph Cirincione

    The strategic calculus for dealing with Iran's nuclear program has shifted dramatically in the past month.

    January 18, 2011 - By Joe Cirincione