Joseph Cirincione

President
Washington, D.C.

Joseph Cirincione is president of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation. He is the author of the new book Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It Is Too LateBomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons and Deadly Arsenals: Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Threats. He is a member of Secretary of State John Kerry's International Security Advisory Board and the Council on Foreign Relations.

His commentary has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Financial Times, Kyodo News, Moscow Times, Foreign Policy, The Hill, Daily Beast, and Huffington Post. He has appeared on ABC News, NBC News, CBS News, PBS, MSNBC, Fox News, BBC News, Australian Broadcasting Coporation, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, NHK, Russia Today, and Al Jazeera.

Cirincione worked for nine years in the U.S. House of Representatives on the professional staff of the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on Government Operations. He is the author of hundreds of articles on nuclear weapons issues, the producer of two DVDs, a frequent commentator in the media, and he appeared in the films, Countdown to Zero and Why We Fight. He previously served as Vice President for National Security and International Policy at the Center for American Progress and Director for Nonproliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He has held positions at the Henry L. Stimson Center, the U.S. Information Agency and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He teaches at the graduate School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

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Stephen Colbert's plan to string a microscopically thin razor along our entire border is brutal, indiscriminate, dangerous... and smarter than the nuclear defense we now have.

Here is how I learned of his secret plan to defend America. A few weeks ago, I was a guest on his show, The Colbert Report. I came away convinced that Stephen Colbert is as smart as he looks.

December 22, 2009 - By Joe Cirincione

Stephen Colbert interviews Ploughshares Fund President Joseph Cirincione. The interview was part of the Colbert Report's series "Better Know a Lobbyist".

Joe went in to the studio to speak about the threat of nuclear weapons and Ploughshares Fund's efforts in the nuclear disarmament lobby. Joe came out of the interview inadvertently married to Pakistan and with a better knowledge of how to mime a nuclear blast.

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December 1, 2009 - By Joe Cirincione

In a blow to the far-right, scientists conclude that U.S. nuclear weapons don’t need new tests or new designs.

November 20, 2009 - By Joe Cirincione

I was in Berlin 20 years ago this week. I saw the impossible first-hand: the people of Germany taking down the Wall.

November 9, 2009 - By Joe Cirincione

The nuclear posture and strategic decisions of nuclear-armed nations have a significant, often immediate impact on the nuclear acquisition decisions of other nations. A decision by a state to acquire nuclear weapons can trigger a similar decision in a rival state.

November 6, 2009 - By Joe Cirincione
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