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Joe Cirincione

Joe Cirincione is president of Ploughshares Fund and the author of Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It Is Too Late.
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North Korea’s Missile Test Is Less Impressive Than You Think

May 12, 2015 Kim Jong Un was all smiles and cigars in photos that showed a surprise May 9 test of a submarine launched ballistic missile (SLBM) in the waters off North Korea. But there was less to the dictator’s photo op than meets the eye. If North Korea could perfect this technology, ...

Keep Your Iran Politics Out of Kazakhstan

April 30, 2015 If you are like most Americans, what you know about Kazakhstan is likely limited to Borat and Sacha Baron Cohen’s politically—and factually—incorrect caricature in his 2006 film, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. Funny, right? But if you think you can dismiss this land-locked, ...

The 4 Things You Need for an Iran Deal

March 27, 2015 Like characters in a road-trip movie that has dragged on far too long, foreign ministers from seven nations slog back to Switzerland this week for what all hope will be the climax of the film. The talks have already been extended twice. No one wants a Hangover III. The goal ...

Why America's Obsession With Iran’s Centrifuges Could Give Tehran the Bomb

February 19, 2015 Over the past two years, dozens of politicians and prognosticators have drawn various redlines that Iran should not cross lest it be “a screwdriver turn away from having a nuclear weapon,” as Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said last week. Mostly they focus on centrifuges, the water-heater-sized machines used to enrich ...

Vienna Conference Could 'Change the Calculus' of US Nuclear Policy

December 8, 2014 VIENNA, Austria -- While Iran negotiations get screaming headlines, recent conferences on the consequences of the use of nuclear weapons have not gotten much attention. Maybe they should. They are generating a growing movement that could have a bigger impact on U.S. nuclear policy than many have assumed. Most security ...

Will Politics Kill a Deal on Iran?

November 22, 2014 If it were left to the negotiators, we would have a deal already. Those close to the talks say that they have crafted technical solutions that can prevent Iran from using its program to build a bomb and verify any attempt to cheat. The track record is encouraging. Iran has ...

Is ISIS Using Chemical Weapons?

October 14, 2014 Has the most-publicized terrorist group in the world gotten hold of chemical weapons? Maybe. If so, they may not have gotten them from where you think. The current assault by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on the city of Kobani in northern Syria, currently in the hands ...

Why John Bolton’s Dangerous Call to Nuclear Arms Makes No Sense

September 15, 2014 Former Bush administration officials John Bolton and John Yoo want to respond to Russia’s Ukraine incursions by launching a new nuclear arms race. In their new Wall Street Journal op-ed they say that Russia’s recent violation of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces, or INF, treaty is good enough reason to trash ...

Where NATO Needs to Do More—And Less

September 3, 2014 It will be impossible for the NATO summit to live up to the expectations set for it. But there are steps that NATO can and likely will take beyond strongly-worded proclamations. Here are three capabilities we can reasonably expect NATO leaders to strengthen—and two they would be wise to shed. ...

When Russia Violates Nuclear Treaties, Let's Act Like Reagan

July 29, 2014 Russia has violated an arms control treaty. It is not the first time they – or we – have done so. The key now is to get them back in line and prevent them from fielding any new nuclear missiles that would threaten our closest allies. Some arms control critics ...