Joseph Cirincione

President
Washington, D.C.

Joseph Cirincione is president of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation. He 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 is an MSNBC nuclear security expert and 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.

 

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New Arms Race on PBS Newshour

The Pentagon wants to spend $1 trillion on new nuclear weapons over the next three decades. This is irresponsible, immoral and dangerous. Our country is in economic distress. Instead of lavishing money on weapons to kill millions, our government should be helping to educate and employ millions....

February 29, 2016 - By Joe Cirincione
The World is Safer

International inspectors last month verified that Iran has completed all its commitments under the historic nuclear accord. Iran’s once-feared nuclear complex has been largely dismantled. Not by force, but by diplomacy: it ripped out two-thirds of its centrifuges, gutted its plutonium reactor,...

February 26, 2016 - By Joe Cirincione
A New Arms Race Threatens to Bring the US and Russia Back to the Nuclear Brink

The horror and reactions to the Paris massacre have overshadowed a troubling new twist in the U.S.-Russian rivalry that could prove even more terrifying. Russian state media recently “accidentally” revealed plans for a bizarre new nuclear torpedo.

November 23, 2015 - By Joe Cirincione

"Thanksgiving is a great American holiday — it's one of my favorites. I love it. I look forward to it every year, and every year I pause and give thanks and blessings. This year, I want to thank you for your steady, strong support of Ploughshares Fund. This has been the year we won the greatest...

November 20, 2015 - By Joe Cirincione
How We Won

The Iran Agreement is a major victory for U.S. national security. It stops an Iran Bomb; it stops an Iran War. It is also a historic victory for diplomacy, even though tough hurdles lie ahead. President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will shake hands when they...

September 22, 2015 - By Joe Cirincione

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. 

February 23, 2015 - By Joe Cirincione
How Boehner Bungled His Bibi Bid

Speaker of the House John Boehner's invitation to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hurts his own party, the policy process and Israel.

Speaker of the House John Boehner's invitation to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hurts his own party, the policy process and Israel. There are some in the Republican Party who truly care about preventing an Iranian nuclear bomb. There are some with helpful suggestions for how to improve our...

January 26, 2015 - By Joe Cirincione

In September 2012, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood at a United Nations' podium with a cartoon bomb warning that the world had to stop Iran before it completed “the second stage of nuclear enrichment necessary to make a bomb.”

April 21, 2014 - By Joe Cirincione

The stakes could not be higher—or the issues tougher—as the world’s six major powers and Iran launch talks February 18 on final resolution of the Iranian nuclear crisis.

February 10, 2014 - By Joe Cirincione

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has ordered two reviews of America's nuclear force in the wake of mounting reports of drug use, drinking, womanizing, cheating and lapsed discipline among top officers. But if the studies focus only on personnel, it will be little more than rearranging the deck chairs on a nuclear Titanic. The core problem is not the people; it's the mission.

January 24, 2014 - By Joe Cirincione