Joseph Cirincione

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 the Council on Foreign Relations and was a member of Secretary of State John Kerry's International Security Advisory Board.

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 US 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 US 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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President Barack Obama pledged in Prague on April 5, 2009, to pursue “the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.” Key treaties, negotiations, and conferences in 2010 will demons

February 26, 2010 - By Joe Cirincione

A secret meeting in the White House today will set US nuclear policy. It will also test Barack Obama's sincerity and determination.

February 17, 2010 - By Joe Cirincione

Former Vice President Dick Cheney says the number one threat to America is nuclear terrorism. He is right. And Joe Biden has the plan for how to prevent it.

February 16, 2010 - By Joe Cirincione

"Now, even as we prosecute two wars, we're also confronting perhaps the greatest danger to the American people—the threat of nuclear weapons. I've embraced the vision of John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan through a strategy that reverses the spread of these weapons and seeks a world without them.

January 29, 2010 - By Joe Cirincione

For Martin Luther King, Jr., the struggle against racism was part of a larger struggle against poverty, war and injustice. Central to his vision was stopping the nuclear arms race.

January 18, 2010 - By Joe Cirincione

With its latest editorial calling for more nuclear weapons and more weapons spending, the Wall Street Journal has gone over a journalistic cliff. The serious factual errors in its Jan. 5 screed, "A False Nuclear Start," raise serious questions about the newspaper's credibility and integrity.

January 7, 2010 - By Joe Cirincione

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