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A new episode of Press the Button is available every Tuesday.

An engaging podcast on nuclear policy and national security, Press the Button is co-hosted by defense experts Joe Cirincione and Michelle Dover of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation. This weekly podcast features top officials and experts discussing the latest developments on Iran, North Korea, nuclear weapons, military budgets and foreign policy. Press the Button offers diverse views on one of the most important issues of our time: preventing nuclear war.

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  • New Report: President Biden can change US policy to help prevent nuclear war


    As the Biden-Harris Administration begins a major review of US nuclear policy, Ploughshares Fund today releases a new interactive report recommending that President Biden focus the Nuclear Posture Review on one overarching goal: preventing accidental nuclear...
    August 30, 2021 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • How President Biden Can Reduce Nuclear Dangers Without Congress


    OPINION: With razor-thin majorities in Congress, it is no surprise that the Biden administration has had to set strict priorities for its legislative agenda. The administration’s focus on pandemic relief, infrastructure, voting rights and climate leaves little...
    August 18, 2021 - By Anonymous


    Ploughshares Fund is partnering with Hiroshima Organization for Global Peace, Nuclear Threat Initiative and others, on #CranesForOurFuture, a campaign to spread a worldwide message of hope for a future without nuclear weapons. Join the campaign by folding and...
    August 2, 2021 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Amb. Bonnie Jenkins confirmed as Undersecretary For Arms Control and International Security


    In a true win for national security, former Ploughshares Fund Board Member Bonnie Jenkins has been confirmed as Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security. Ambassador Jenkins joins Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman in Geneva in leading a...
    August 2, 2021 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • When the Panic Is Over, Health Care Challenges Face Neglect

    From devastation caused by climate change to the lingering threat of nuclear warfare, global pandemics are yet another existential threat to our global, and national, security. On the latest episode of Press the Button, Dr. Nahid Bhadelia explains that one of the reasons...

    June 21, 2021 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Dodging Death: America's Mission to Find and Destroy Syria's Chemical Weapons

    The Syrian regime attacked the town of Ghouta in southwestern Syria with sarin, a nerve agent, that killed hundreds of civilians on August 21, 2013. With that, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad crossed a red line set by President Barack Obama, accelerating an effort to eliminate Assad’s stockpile...

    May 12, 2021 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Fear and Unknowing in the Indo-Pacific Region

    In this week’s episode of Press the Button, author, professor and expert David Kang discussed the widespread, bipartisan call in U.S. foreign policy and defense planning to move from the ‘war on terror,’ to increased confrontation—especially with China. The idea of a return to great-power...

    May 10, 2021 - By Will Lowry
  • Bearing Witness To Crisis In Yemen

    Skye Fitzgerald is no stranger to human suffering. In some ways, he seeks it out: as a documentary filmmaker, his work has taken him to some of the world’s worst conflict zones, where his films bear witness to humanitarian crises as they unfold. His latest, Hunger Ward,...

    April 13, 2021 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Do We Need New ICBMs (Or Any at All)?

    President Joe Biden is expected to submit his fiscal 2022 defense budget request to Congress in May. The ongoing efforts to keep building costly weapons like the F-35 Lightening fighter jets and Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carriers have been particularly controversial. But another program in...

    April 2, 2021 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • It's Our 100th Episode

    Press the Button's 100th episode dropped Tuesday March 9, 2021. To celebrate 100 weeks of nuclear policy and national security analysis, Ploughshares Fund President Dr. Emma Belcher spoke with Joe Cirincione on the history behind the podcast. Joe Cirincione is a distinguished...

    March 15, 2021 - By Ploughshares Fund