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 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.

Select Publications

  • Summits Are Nice but Obama Needs to Do More for Nuclear Security - Defense One (March 23, 2014)
  • Nuclear Titanic - Huffington Post (January 24, 2014)
  • Are New Nuclear Weapons Affordable? - Huffington Post (December 20, 2013)
  • What defusing Iran would mean - Los Angeles Times (November 28, 2013)
  • The Deal is for Real - Defense One (November 24, 2013)
  • A September to Remember: The General Assembly's Historic Opening for Nuclear Diplomacy with Iran - The Interdependent (October 8, 2013)
  • Will the US and Iran Give Peace a Dance? - Huffington Post (September 24, 2013)
  • Fukushima's Song of Ice and Fire - Huffington Post (August 15, 2013)
  • Obama at the Brandenburg Gate: Entering a New Era of Nuclear Policy - The Interdependent (July 8, 2013)
  • Susan Rice on Nuclear Weapons - Huffington Post (June 5, 2013)
  • Jon Stewart's Restricted Data - Huffington Post (March 21, 2013)
  • How to Reach a Deal with Iran - The Interdependent (March 18, 2013)

Latest Posts

  The Iran nuclear debate has been derailed by an obsession over centrifuges. In my latest piece for The Atlantic, I explain why this obsession threatens the nuclear talks and our goal of preventing an Iranian nuclear bomb.  Read more »
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