Joseph Cirincione

Washington, D.C.

Joseph Cirincione is president of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation. He is also the host of Press The Button, a weekly podcast from Ploughshares Fund dedicated to nuclear policy and national security. A new episode is available every Tuesday.

Cirincione is the author of the books Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It Is Too Late, Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons and Deadly Arsenals: Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Threats. He has worked on nuclear weapons policy in Washington for over 35 years and is considered one of the top experts in the field. He served previously as vice president for national security at the Center for American Progress, director for non-proliferation at Carnegie Endowment, and senior associate at Stimson. He worked for nine years as professional staff on the U.S. House of Representatives Committees on Armed Services and Government Operations. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a former member of the International Security Advisory Board for Secretaries of State John Kerry and Hillary Clinton. He also teaches at the Georgetown University Graduate School of Foreign Service.

Cirincione's commentary has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, MSNBC, CNN, The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Financial Times, Kyodo News, Moscow Times, Foreign Policy, The Hill, Daily Beast, and Huffington Post.

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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

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