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Joe Cirincione
Joe Cirincione is President of Plougshares Fund, a global security foundation. He is author of Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It Is Too Late, and is featured in the documentary film, Countdown to Zero. He is a member of the Secretary of State's International Security Advisory Board and the Council on Foreign Relations. The views expressed are his own and are not necessarily those of the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. Government.

Entries by Joe Cirincione

Bipartisan Group of Over 50 Senior Military and Diplomatic Leaders Endorse Iran Deal Framework

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 4:38 PM

Today, a bipartisan group of over 50 retired military officials, U.S. foreign policy leaders, ambassadors, and leading national security experts, released a statement applauding the announcement of the framework agreement reached by the P5+1 and Iran. This statement was released by The Iran Project.

The statement was signed...

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Why the Iran Nuclear Deal Is a Victory for American National Security

(94) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 1:58 PM

The stunning Iran nuclear deal achieves all of our key national security goals and then some. It is a remarkable triumph that, once finalized in late June, will dramatically shrink Iran's nuclear program, freeze it, lock it up and put it under a microscope.

There are many details to...

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How to Know if the Iran Deal Is a Good Deal

(177) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 9:54 AM

World leaders are close to an historic agreement that would roll back and contain Iran's nuclear program. In order for the deal to succeed, however, it must deliver on three core issues.

First, the deal must block all of Iran's pathways to a bomb. It must shrink and constrain all...

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Is Iran Too Evil to Talk to?

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 8:53 AM

As the arguments against making a deal with Iran fall away, opponents have doubled down on evil. Iran is just too evil to talk to.

In the hands of a skilled debater, it is a powerful, emotional point. I heard it first hand when I sat down on

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Scowcroft and Brzezinski's Five Most Interesting Ideas

(2) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 8:13 AM

You're busy. So you didn't have time to watch last week's Senate Armed Services Committee hearing when former national security advisors Brent Scowcroft and Zbigniew Brzezinski reviewed the state of the world over two riveting hours. As the saying goes, "class was in session."

Don't worry. We are happy...

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How Boehner Bungled His Bibi Bid

(237) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 2:03 PM

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 strategy. But...

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Preventing a Nuclear ISIS

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 2:31 PM

The risks of ISIS getting a nuclear bomb are small. But they are not zero. The group represents the greatest nuclear terrorist threat we have faced since Osama bin Laden talked with Pakistani nuclear scientists about how, exactly, he could build a bomb.

Bin Laden's discussions took place...

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NATO Summit Delivers

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 5:18 PM

The deliverables from the NATO summit are major steps toward countering the twin threats of ISIS and Putinism.

President Obama's opponents have cynically treated these challenges as political footballs, sweeping them into their relentless narrative of a weak, vacillating and dangerous president and a feckless NATO. But NATO's leaders...

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Don't Be Sucked Into War With Iraq, Again

(2) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 3:49 PM

This article was first published by Defense One and is reprinted here with express permission.

We never should have invaded Iraq.

It would be folly to recommit United States forces to save an artificial Iraqi government and army that cannot stand on its own.

Ten years...

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Godzilla Is Back -- and He's Got Something to Say

(1) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 11:36 AM

This post was co-written with Geoffrey Wilson, a research assistant at Ploughshares Fund.

This weekend, the world's favorite nuclear lizard, Godzilla, roars back to the big screen. This time, in 3D and with new, powerful anti-nuclear message.

1954's original Godzilla, called Gojira in Japan, was a thoughtful and solemn movie...

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters

(17) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 12:31 PM

This article was co-written with Geoffrey Wilson, Research Assistant at Ploughshares Fund

He's back. But there is more to this bad-boy lizard than you realize.

Godzilla is coming to a screen near you on May 16, Hollywood's latest action-packed thrill ride. But will it keep faith with the...

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104 Members of Congress Say Give Diplomacy a Chance

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 4:51 PM

Just days after senators trying to kill negotiations with Iran admitted defeat, a new letter from 104 members of the House of Representatives signals an upsurge of support for a diplomatic resolution of the Iranian crisis.

In a powerful letter to President Barack Obama, the members say, "We...

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Nuclear Titanic

(14) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 4:20 PM

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, they will do little more than rearrange...

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Are New Nuclear Weapons Affordable?

(8) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 2:43 PM

A stunning new report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) shows that the government will spend $355 billion over the next 10 years directly on nuclear weapons. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. The CBO estimate does not show the final price of all the new...

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Will the US and Iran Give Peace a Dance?

(13) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 11:47 AM

President Obama and President Rouhani may make history this week. Two comedians, one Jewish and one Iranian, are urging them on with one of the funniest political videos in a long time.

Half of the people in the United States were not born the last time a U.S....

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Fukushima's Song of Ice and Fire

(237) Comments | Posted August 15, 2013 | 2:44 PM

Japan wants to build a mile-long, 100-foot deep Ice Wall around the crippled Fukushima nuclear reactors to stop hundreds of gallons of radioactive water from leaking into the Pacific Ocean each day. What could go wrong?

Japanese government and electric power officials are desperate. They have been unable to end...

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Susan Rice on Nuclear Weapons

(68) Comments | Posted June 5, 2013 | 10:44 AM

Susan Rice does not speak very often on nuclear policy, but behind the scenes she played a major role in shaping Barack Obama's nuclear weapons positions in the 2008 campaign.

Her appointment as national security adviser completes the assembly of a team of Cabinet members, including Secretary of Defense...

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A Long-Term Strategy for Dealing With Iran and Iranians

(23) Comments | Posted April 5, 2013 | 11:27 AM

"For too long, U.S. policy toward Iran has been mostly about tactics and too little about strategy. It's time to play chess not checkers." This finding, from a new report from the prestigious Atlantic Council, comes as nuclear talks with Iran resume this week in Almaty,...

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Jon Stewart's Restricted Data

(9) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 4:29 PM

You may not know Alex Wellerstein's work, but Jon Stewart does.

In a recent Daily Show bit, "World War III Update," Jon Stewart showed a news clip describing what a hypothetical North Korean nuclear blast would do. The clips noted that a 15 kiloton blast -- equivalent to 15,000 tons...

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The Tick Tock of the Doomsday Clock

(1) Comments | Posted January 18, 2013 | 9:18 AM

The minute hand of the Doomsday Clock will stay at five minutes to midnight for the year 2013, say the scientists and experts at The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists who maintain one of the world's most famous time pieces.

In an open letter to President Obama, the...

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