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
  • $1.5 Million in New Grants to Stop Nuclear Threats

    The Ploughshares Fund board of directors recently awarded $1.5 million in new grants to over 20 organizations working to end nuclear threats. “These investments will develop new champions, provide vital research and empower American citizens to create a new vision for a saner nuclear policy,”...

    November 7, 2019 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Philip Yun

    An exciting leadership transition happened at Ploughshares Fund recently — the departure of longtime Chief Operating Officer Philip Yun and the appointment of Elizabeth Warner as managing director. Philip led the organization through a significant period of growth, playing an influential role in...

    October 8, 2019 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Stopping the New Nuclear Arms Race

    Since taking office in 2016, President Trump has dismantled many of the security guardrails that restrained nuclear dangers for decades. He walked away from a successful Iran deal, killed Reagan’s treaty on intermediate-range nuclear weapons and may yet destroy New START – the only remaining...

    October 2, 2019 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Honoring Sally Lilienthal on Her Birthday

    Today, we pay respect to the life of a woman who made history by founding Ploughshares Fund. Like many Americans, Sally Lilienthal was concerned that a thermonuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union could erupt at anytime. And rightly so: it was 1981, the height of the Cold War...

    March 19, 2016 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • New Generation of Arms Control

    I first learned about the inaugural Hale Fellowship from a former member of the Ploughshares Fund team who raved about her tenure on staff. I served as a presidential appointee at the Department of Energy during the debate on ratification of the New START Treaty in 2010. That debate introduced me to Ploughshares Fund’s mission and the vital role that members of the peace and security community play in shaping US foreign policy.

    May 5, 2014 - By Blake Narendra
  • Sitting at the Chicago airport, snow swirling outside, salt covering my shoes, eagerly waiting for my delayed flight to take me back to San Francisco, I contemplate the previous month of travel with Joe Cirincione.

    February 7, 2014 - By Elizabeth Warner
  • Eisenhower wanted it; Kennedy almost got it; Clinton negotiated it; and now Obama can deliver it.  It is the longest-sought, hardest-fought for goal in the history of nuclear arms control: a global ban on nuclear weapons tests.

    August 20, 2013 - By Joe Cirincione
  • On Thursday, Rachel Maddow asked me if President Obama was going to fulfill the visionary agenda he laid out four years ago in Prague. I paused. What should I say? I support this agenda to move us step by step towards what Obama termed "the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons." But progress has been slow. I took a deep breath and answered the only way I could: honestly.

    April 5, 2013 - By Joe Cirincione
  • I just returned from a week in Beijing. What a change. Scores of modern skyscrapers with international brand names and products emblazoned atop have sprung up where none existed as little as five years ago. Shining shopping malls are filled with the latest fashions and products.  Streets are choked with thousands of cars and buses where packs of bicycles and motorcycles once ruled.

    November 14, 2012 - By Philip Yun