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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

I Got Your Nuclear Triad Right Here

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2015 | 3:49 PM

The Nuclear Triad is not the Holy Trinity. There is nothing sacred about it. It is an accident of history. And it's time for it to go.

In Tuesday's GOP debate, Donald Trump clearly could not answer moderator Hugh Hewitt's question on what priorities he would have for...

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A New Arms Race Threatens to Bring the U.S. and Russia Back to the Nuclear Brink

(32) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 12:00 PM

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. More of an underwater drone, it is designed to swim 6,000...

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The Risk of a Nuclear ISIS Grows

(75) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 5:52 PM

It is hard to imagine a more terrifying prospect than an extremist group like ISIS armed with nuclear or radiological weapons. But as the Associated Press revealed this week, that possibility may be much closer than we would like to think.

Over the past five years the FBI,...

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Why It Matters That Colin Powell and Debbie Wasserman Schultz Support the Iran Agreement.

(88) Comments | Posted September 7, 2015 | 12:33 PM

A Republican former secretary of state and a Democratic "Jewish mother" may have just given us the strongest case yet for the nuclear agreement with Iran.

The first is a pillar of the "realist" camp in the American national security establishment. The second is a rising star in the Democratic...

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Congressional Support for Iran Deal Grows, Chris Van Hollen's Statement Could Be the Tipping Point

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 6:25 PM

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) gave a powerful statement of support on Thursday for the historic nuclear agreement reached between the world powers and Iran. A strong supporter of Israel and a rising star in the Congressional leadership, Van Hollen's ringing endorsement may be the tipping point in...

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Israel Ambassadors Support Deal With Iran

(17) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 12:16 PM

A day after Mike Huckabee said that President Obama was "marching the Israelis to the door of the oven," former U.S. ambassadors to Israel strongly supported the nuclear deal reached between Iran and world powers. The ambassadors joined with former under secretaries of State in a letter to congressional leaders...

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60 of America's Top National Security Leaders Endorse Iran Deal

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 1:00 AM

On Monday, 60 of America's brightest national security and military leaders, from both parties, released a powerful statement supporting the historic nuclear accord reached between the world powers and Iran last week.

I was pleased to join this all-star group of former cabinet secretaries, national security advisors,...

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Iran Agreement a Major Advance for Global Security

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 6:58 PM

The following statement was released this morning by Ploughshares Fund, regarding the historic nuclear agreement struck by the P5+1 and Iran.

The global security foundation Ploughshares Fund hailed today's Iran nuclear agreement as a groundbreaking triumph for U.S. diplomacy and security, strongly urging Congress to support this historic...

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Nuclear Policy Experts Expect a Very Good Deal With Iran

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 5:52 PM

Scores of politicians and ideologues oppose the coming deal with Iran. But nuclear policy experts are overwhelmingly in favor of this effort to shrink and contain Iran's nuclear program.

We do not yet know all the details of the deal, but if it lives up to the framework agreement reached...

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What You Need to Know About the Coming Deal With Iran

(5) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 2:21 PM

A deal to roll back and constrain Iran's nuclear program may come this week. Here is what you need to know about this historic agreement and its global implications.

On Wednesday, I had the pleasure of going on NPR's Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane, who had some very...

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

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 5:38 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

(93) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 2:58 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

(171) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 10:54 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 | 9:53 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 | 9:13 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 | 3:03 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 | 3:31 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 | 6:18 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 | 4:49 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 | 12:36 PM

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 that explored the painful and frustrating relationship between the Japanese and U.S. nuclear...

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