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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

Why the Right Wing Is Angry That We Blocked War With Iran

(78) Comments | Posted May 21, 2016 | 6:21 PM

Neoconservatives are furious that their efforts to trick the country into another unnecessary war in the Middle East failed.

They spent tens of millions of dollars in an orchestrated campaign to kill diplomacy with Iran. They lost. The nuclear agreement with Iran is in place and working. It...

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Passing the Nuclear Baton

(8) Comments | Posted May 10, 2016 | 11:49 AM

President Obama entered office with a bold vision, determined to end the Cold War thinking that distorted our nuclear posture. He failed. He has a few more moves he could still make -- particularly with his speech in Hiroshima later this month -- but the next president will inherit a...

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North Korea Just Got a Little Scarier

(74) Comments | Posted April 6, 2016 | 5:22 PM

South Korea claims that North Korea has miniaturized a nuclear warhead to fit on the tip of a missile. They are probably right.

I have been very careful in my analysis not to exaggerate the threat posed by the North Korean nuclear program. There is no hard proof...

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Obama Still Has Time to Leave a Legacy of Nuclear Security

(18) Comments | Posted March 31, 2016 | 9:26 AM

The good news is that world leaders are gathering again in Washington to announce new measures to stop terrorists from getting nuclear weapons. The bad news is that it may not be enough.

This is the fourth and final nuclear security summit, and it could not come at a better...

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Donald Doesn't Know Jack About Iran

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2016 | 11:15 AM

The agreement that rolled back Iran's nuclear program has been praised by America's leading policy experts, nuclear scientists, editorial boards, and our key allies. But not by Donald Trump. It is "disastrous... horrible," he thunders. "I've never seen something so incompetently negotiated."

Really? Before he repeats...

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UN 대북제재, 앞으로가 중요하다

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2016 | 5:19 PM

U.N. 안보리가 결의한 새로운 북한 제재안은 북한의 핵 개발을 저지하기 위한 노력의 중요한 부분이다. 하지만 그것만으로는 부족하다.

이란의 핵 개발을 물리치고 저지하는 데 성공했던 것이 중요한 교훈을 준다. 라이언 크로커 대사는 2년 전에 이란과의 협상에 대해 이렇게 썼다. "제재는 이란을 협상 테이블로 불러오는데 중요한 역할을 했지만, 경제적 압박은 더 큰...

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UN Hits North Korea With Tough New Sanctions. Now What?

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2016 | 1:12 PM

The new sanctions against North Korea, just adopted by United Nations Security Council, are a critical part of efforts to contain that nation's nuclear weapons program. But they are not enough.

The successful effort that rolled back and contained Iran's nuclear program offers a key lesson. "Sanctions," said...

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I Got Your Nuclear Triad Right Here

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2015 | 2:49 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 | 11:00 AM

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 | 4:52 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.

(85) Comments | Posted September 7, 2015 | 11:33 AM

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 | 5:25 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 | 11:16 AM

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 | 12:00 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 | 5:58 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 | 4:52 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 | 1:21 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 | 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

(83) 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

(167) 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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