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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.

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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

(0) 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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What Obama Should Tell the UN

(5) Comments | Posted September 21, 2012 | 5:55 AM

The President of the United States sends me a lot of email. Mostly he asks for money. But if the President were to ask me for advice, here is what I would recommend he say when he goes to the United Nations on Tuesday.

You have got to remind these...

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Iran's Nuclear Timeline

(68) Comments | Posted September 16, 2012 | 12:43 PM

Iran is nuclear capable. If Iran's leaders decided they wanted a nuclear bomb, they could build one. They have the material, the technical ability, and likely have a design. They have had these capabilities for at least five years, when they accumulated enough raw material that could be converted into...

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The Midas Touch of Nuclear Weapons

(9) Comments | Posted July 31, 2012 | 6:20 PM

The United States is about to buy a nuclear bomb that costs 1.5 times its weight in solid gold. It would make even King Midas blush. Nuclear weapons programs now cost so much they are actually more expensive than if they were made of gold.

The defense budget

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A Very Healthy Day for U.S. National Security

(12) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 5:21 PM

President Barack Obama is a stronger president overseas today than he was yesterday. His victory on health care reform is very good for American national security.

We often look at the presidents of other nations and judge them as strong or weak depending on their support domestically. Are they on...

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The Avengers' Nuclear Villain

(48) Comments | Posted May 18, 2012 | 3:18 PM

The Avengers puts a new twist on Hollywood's view of nuclear weapons. The nuke in this blockbuster film is both a villain and a hero. This may be very post-modern, but it's an ambivalence the film industry should finally shed.

The Avengers is a hugely entertaining film, and...

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This Year, Give Mom a Gift That Matters

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2012 | 1:24 PM

Are you giving mom candy for Mother's Day? Seriously? Or are you going with a Hallmark card... again?

Mother's Day should mean something more than cards or candy. It used to mean more; in fact, the holiday was originally a day for peace. Believe it or not, Mother's Day celebrations...

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Senator Feinstein Backs Efforts to Forge Iran Solution

(5) Comments | Posted May 3, 2012 | 4:55 PM

Senator Dianne Feinstein, (D-CA) has come out in strong support of a political solution to the Iran crisis. She is cautiously optimistic that the next round of talks in Baghdad on May 23, "may lead to a breakthrough on Iran's nuclear program," she wrote in the

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