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

  • 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
  • Grassroots Investments

    Over the past three years, Ploughshares Fund has significantly expanded our investments in grassroots organizations. Grantees include influential national organizations as well as local groups focused on nuclear issues. Grassroots work by Ploughshares Fund grantees (including,...

    March 12, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • The Ploughshares Fund Women’s Initiative

    The Ploughshares Fund Womens Initiative works to increase the voices and roles of women in national security and to ensure their ability to craft and influence US nuclear policy. Today, 13,500 nuclear weapons rest in the hands of a few powerful men who have unchecked...

    March 3, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Americans Want Jobs, Not War

    Joe Cirincione, president of Ploughshares Fund, recently published an article in The Nation with Guy T. Saperstein, Americans Want Jobs, Not War. It begins, "Last month, President Donald Trump signed a congressional authorization to spend over $738 billion on the Pentagon. This is more than was...

    February 18, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Event: The Tragedy of American Nuclear Policy

    We're delighted to announce that Joe Cirincione, Ploughshares Fund president, will be speaking at Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) on Tuesday, March 3 from 3:30-5:00pm. This event is free and open to the public, and we would be honored to have you join us.

    February 12, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • We don't have to live in fear of nuclear weapons

    As both an Anglican priest and as a Ploughshares Fund board member committed to the elimination of nuclear weapons, I think a lot about the moral aspect of the issue. And after two decades of activism in this space, I’m convinced the essential moral questions around nuclear weapons aren’t...

    January 8, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Hollywood and the Bomb

    “Audiences are not as dumb as you think they are,” said Kate Folb. “I’m sure everybody listening knows about some show you’ve watched or a movie you’ve watched where something was inaccurate and you are immediately taken out of the story.” “You immediately go, ‘Eh, that’s not true,” Folb...

    December 9, 2019 - By Ploughshares Fund