Culture and Nuclear Weapons

If we change our cultural conceptions of nuclear weapons, we can make the world safer from nuclear threats.

The dangers of nuclear weapons are rarely communicated in a way that is compelling and accessible, despite the fact that these risks affect us all. At Ploughshares Fund, we are exploring the power of media, technology, and popular culture to change perceptions and attitudes. Learn more about our Cultural Change Initiative here.

Latest News, Analysis and Explorations of Culture and Nuclear Weapons

  • Press the Button

    Listen and subscribe to Press the Button, a weekly podcast from Ploughshares Fund dedicated to nuclear policy and national security. An engaging and dynamic look at one of the most critical issues of our time, Press the Button offers the latest news, insider interviews and in-...

    April 12, 2019 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • The Women’s Initiative: Creating Impact and Transformation

    Changing the conversation around nuclear weapons is fundamental to fulfilling the Ploughshares Fund mission. Just as important is ensuring that women’s voices are actually heard in these conversations. As a sarcastic Russian male diplomat best illustrated, when asked to explain his...

    May 15, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • The Anthropocene Pandemic

    The coronavirus pandemic is not only a public health issue, said former NASCAR driver and environmental activist Leilani Münter. It’s also a showcase for the threats posed by the strain humanity is putting on the planet. Case in point: while we still don’t know the exact source of COVID-19, we...

    May 12, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • The Button

    Get a head start on your summer reading list! You can now pre-order a new book from former Secretary of Defense and Stanford professor of international relations William Perry and Ploughshares Fund policy director Tom Collina. The Button is a fascinating narrative of our living nuclear history—...

    May 8, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Nuclear Weapons, Frontline Communities, and the COVID Stimulus. What You Need to Know.

    The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing us to confront the vast inequities in our society that have made this virus more deadly in some communities than others. This is also true in the world of nuclear weapons policy: US nuclear weapons activities have, and continue to, hurt communities through...

    May 7, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • The Consensual Straightjacket In The News

    Laicie Heeley is the author of a fantastic new article in Newsweek, a piece that illuminates and validates the critical need for the Ploughshares Fund Women’s Initiative. The article, Has the Lack of Women at the Top Helped Cripple America's Response to the Pandemic? reflects on women, decision...

    May 6, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • How Blocking Immigration Hurts US National Security

    President Donald Trump’s new executive order barring broad categories of immigrants from entering the country may bring real harm to US national security. “The pandemic has highlighted for us that national security also involves the assets that we can harness and put against an invisible enemy...

    April 27, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • The Moral Choice, the National Security Choice

    In light of the increasingly dire situation in Iran as the country combats the COVID-19 pandemic, over 40 organizations – including NIAC Action, J Street, Truman National Security Project, MoveOn, Win Without War, and Ploughshares Fund  –  sent a letter calling on President Trump, Sec. Mnuchin,...

    March 24, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • 50 Ways to Stay Engaged to Prevent Nuclear War At Home

    Staying engaged is important because getting staying informed and taking sustained action will take time to have an effect. Here are a few ideas to stay engaged while preventing nuclear war. Share with your friends. Preventing nuclear war will require persistent effort from many people, until...

    March 17, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Cynda Collins Arsenault

    Cynda Collins Arsenault is the founder of Our Secure Future: Women Make the Difference, which is part of the opera­tion foundation, One Earth Future. She is co-founder, Board Chair and Presi­dent of Secure World Foundation, and co-founder and member of the boards of the Arsenault Family...

    March 12, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund