The 2015 Iran nuclear agreement was an historic diplomatic success that increased American security and may have even helped avoid yet another war in the Middle East.
Beginning in 2010, Ploughshares Fund wired a network of nuclear experts, advocates, and media specialists who would collaborate to support the Iran nuclear negotiations and, eventually, the final agreement. Ploughshares made grants to experts to assess the situation and provide solutions; to grassroots mobilizers to increase understanding and support in Congress; and to media experts to talk about the issue in a way that both ordinary citizens and policymakers could understand.
The Obama administration and its negotiating partners and champions on Capitol Hill made this policy goal a reality. Civil society also played its part. By spending years and $12 million in grants dollars laying the groundwork, Ploughshares Fund was a recognized leader of outside efforts to build political space needed for the Iran nuclear agreement to succeed.