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  • 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
  • 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
  • A Narrow View of National Security Is Making America Less Safe

    “They want to explode a bomb in the desert to show how scary it is,” said Laicie Heeley, CEO of Inkstick media, and host of the Inkstick and PRX podcast Things That Go Boom. “They want to make a big show of force that is credible and accountable. And there’s value to those strategies when they...

    September 24, 2020 - By Will Lowry
  • Why the Next Shooting War Could Go Nuclear

    Nuclear expert James Acton believes that we are entering into an era of what he calls “nuclear entanglement,” one that promises to be different from anything we’ve seen before. It’s main characteristic: an increasingly blurry line between nuclear and conventional weapons. “During the Cold War,...

    September 18, 2020 - By Zack Brown
  • Responsible Disruption

    Join the Ploughshares Fund Women’s Initiative for an energizing conversation: Responsible Disruption: Women’s Participation, Perspectives and Power, Tuesday, October 20, with guest speakers, Ambassador Laura Holgate, Mareena Robinson Snowden and Sanam Naraghi Anderlini, and moderated by...

    September 11, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Unmute Yourself: Your Security, Your Vote

    Watch the full video of the second Unmute Yourself: Your Security, Your Vote virtual happy hour series, which took place on October 5, 2020. The event featured Alexandra Bell, Senior Policy Director at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, Jennifer Blemur, Director...

    September 11, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Letter from new Ploughshares Fund President, Emma Belcher

    Today, I’m delighted to assume the role of president of Ploughshares Fund. While I’m beginning in a most extraordinary time, there’s something almost poetic about writing to you from my living room in much the same way that Sally Lilienthal founded our organization — in her living room, almost...

    August 31, 2020 - By Emma Belcher
  • New START: Why An Extension Is In America's National Interest

    Failing to renew the New START arms control treaty with Russia “is not a wise direction of travel,” said Rose Gottemoeller, a former Deputy Secretary General of NATO who ranked as one of President Barack Obama’s top nuclear security experts. She knows better than most. Gottemoeller was the chief...

    August 19, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • The Politics of Pentagon Spending: Can the US Military Budget Be Cut?

    Three weeks after the House voted against her amendment to the FY2021 National Defense Authorization Act, Representative Barbara Lee (D-California) couldn’t help but evince a bit of residual exasperation. “It was so modest,” she said in an interview with national security podcast, Press The...

    August 12, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • The Outlook for Avoiding Catastrophe

    On the 75th anniversary of the US atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Ploughshares Fund today released a new report calling on the next US president to stop the new nuclear arms race between the United States and Russia. The report assesses that the superpowers have allowed the robust arms control...

    August 5, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund