Ploughshares Fund and our grantees are determined to stop Iran from getting a nuclear bomb. Over the past four years, we have convened a coalition of scores of individuals and dozens of organizations committed to this goal.
Our partners include nuclear experts, national security analysts, grassroots activists and media professionals. They have diverse skills and a broad range of opinions about Iran. But they are united on one thing: preventing a nuclear-armed Iran.
A negotiated agreement with Iran that verifiably rolls back and limits its nuclear program to civilian uses would both solve an immediate threat and create the security conditions necessary for the major nuclear-weapons states to consider cuts in their arsenals.
Stepping Back from the Brink of War
Here’s why they advocated against military action:
- Intelligence and proliferation experts agreed airstrikes would set back Iran’s program for just a few years.
- Without inspectors on the ground, the US would be blind to Iran’s nuclear activities.
- A ground invasion by the US would push Iran’s leaders to sprint for a nuclear bomb.
Creating Space for Diplomacy
The deal worked:
- Iran rolled back the most dangerous elements of its nuclear activities.
- UN nuclear inspectors gained daily access to Iran’s key nuclear facilities.
- Inspectors verified that Iran lived up to each of its commitments.
Toward a Final Deal
Featured image: Stuart Rankin, 2014