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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 New Missile Is a Game-Changer

December 5, 2017 The Hwasong-15 ICBM tested by North Korea on Nov. 28 is a monster. Many compare it to the Titan II, deployed by the United States to carry our largest, multi-megaton hydrogen bombs to targets halfway around the globe. Missile expert Mike Elleman at the International Institute for Strategic Studies calls...

No, We Cannot Shoot Down North Korea’s Missiles

September 17, 2017 The number one reason we don’t shoot down North Korea’s missiles is that we cannot. Officials like to reassure their publics about our defense to these missiles. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told his nation after last week’s test, “We didn’t intercept it because no damage to Japanese territory...

North Korea Just Called Trump's Bluff. Here's What the US Can Do

July 5, 2017 North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile flew right past President Donald Trump’s boast of “It won’t happen!” Guess what, boss? It’s happening. It’s bad and it’s going to get worse. And Trump has no plan for how to stop it. The July 4th test demonstrated Kim Jong-Un now possesses a serious...

Hey, NATO, Let's Move Those 50 US Thermonuclear Weapons Out of Turkey

May 23, 2017 When President Donald Trump and other heads of state meet at this week’s NATO Summit it might be a good time to discuss the wisdom of keeping 50 U.S. thermonuclear weapons in Turkey, just 70 miles from Syria, the most intense combat zone on the planet. Each of the B61...

Why Did Trump Pick a Fight with Putin Over the Nuclear Weapons Treaty?

February 9, 2017 President Donald Trump has already picked a fight with Russia’s Vladimir Putin over nuclear weapons and the New START treaty. It is a curious battle to choose. The treaty enjoys the overwhelming backing of America’s top national security leaders and military commanders. Trump reportedly didn’t know what the treaty was...

Trump Should Halt US Missile-Defense Plans in Europe

November 28, 2016 The one constant in Donald Trump’s foreign-policy views has been his desire to improve relations with Moscow. “There’s nothing I can think of that I’d rather do than have Russia friendly, as opposed to the way they are right now,” he said in July, a theme he has since reprised...

Obama's Last Chance to Terminate US Nuclear Policy (Thanks to Trump)

August 15, 2016 Who would you rather have in control of America’s nuclear weapons, Skynet or Donald Trump? Stay with me on this. In Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator films, humanity is nearly eliminated when Skynet, a computer program designed to automate missile defense, “wakes up” and decides that humans are the main threat to...

The Nuclear Football Goes to Japan

May 24, 2016 When President Barack Obama goes to Hiroshima May 27, it will also mark the first visit by the nuclear football. The “football”—officially known as the president’s emergency satchel—is the briefcase carried by military aides who follow U.S. presidents wherever they go. It contains the codes and commands for launching nearly...

Is That All There Is? Obama’s Disappointing Nuclear Legacy

March 29, 2016 American showman P.T. Barnum said, “Always leave them wanting more.” If the fourth and final Nuclear Security Summit this week is President Barack Obama’s closing nuclear act, he will certainly be following Barnum’s dictum. Seven years ago this April, in his first foreign policy speech as president, Obama pledged “to...

Bernie Sanders Looks Pretty Darn Establishment on Nuclear Weapons

February 22, 2016 On the campaign trail, Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has described his policies as “revolutionary” and “radical.” So it’s no surprise that some observers are claiming that his nuclear weapons policies would be extreme as well. But, in fact, Sander’s recent record on this issue indicates he is well within the...