Ploughshares Fund

Valerie Plame Wilson is a member of the board of Ploughshares Fund.

Ploughshares Fund is a global security foundation that believes nuclear weapons do very little to keep the world safer from the real threats we face today. The foundation works to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons, to stop their spread, and to build peace in regions of conflict where nuclear weapons exist. Ploughshares supports experts and advocates who implement smart strategies to secure a more peaceful world.

Global Zero

Valerie is a “Movement Leader” for Global Zero, the international movement for the elimination of all nuclear weapons.

Since its launch in Paris in December 2008, Global Zero has grown to include 300 eminent world leaders and more than 400,000 citizens worldwide; developed a step-by-step plan to eliminate nuclear weapons, built an international student movement with more than 100 campus chapters in ten countries, and produced the acclaimed documentary film, Countdown to Zero.

Global Zero members understand that the only way to eliminate the nuclear threat — including proliferation and nuclear terrorism — is to stop the spread of nuclear weapons, secure all nuclear materials and eliminate all nuclear weapons: global zero. The movement combines cutting-edge policy development and direct dialogue with governments with public outreach, including media, online and grassroots initiatives to make the elimination of nuclear weapons an urgent global imperative.

President Barack Obama, President Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister David Cameron, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon have endorsed Global Zero, with Obama declaring, “Global Zero will always have a partner in me and my administration.” Leading newspapers have backed Global Zero’s plan, the Financial Times concluding that, “Global Zero’s plan has shown the direction to be travelled; the world’s leaders must now start moving.”

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Why I’m Involved

As a former covert CIA operations officer who worked for years to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons, I remain passionate about preventing rogue states and terrorist organizations from ever procuring a nuclear weapon. Since leaving the CIA in 2007 however, I realize that much of what I had been doing may only have served to delay the inevitable. My thinking on proliferation has evolved considerably since then and I now believe that the best way to ensure our national security for the long term is to advocate the goal of total, global elimination of nuclear weapons. That is the mission of both Ploughshares and Global Zero – premier, non-partisan, international nuclear non-proliferation organizations led by leaders from across the globe from politics, the military, diplomacy and students. Please take a moment to check out their website and get involved in any way. It is clear to me that as many problems as the world faces today, if we don’t get this one right… then the other ones simply don’t matter.