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Joseph 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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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 ...

With Talks Extended, U.S. Poised to 'Put a Lid' on Iran's Nuclear Program

July 21, 2014 It is said that the American polity cannot deal with more than two foreign crises at the same time. Unfortunately for those working the Iran issue, the horrific news from Ukraine and Gaza has pushed all other foreign policy issues to the margins. This last weekend actually brought some good ...

A Good Step Toward Ending Landmines

June 27, 2014 The Obama administration announced this week that it will not produce or otherwise acquire any anti-personnel landmines in the future, even to replace existing stockpiles as they expire. It also is “diligently pursuing solutions that would be compliant with and ultimately allow the United States to accede to the Ottawa ...

A Victory in the Battle Against Mass Destruction

June 23, 2014 Some very good news has come from a very bad part of the world today. Syria’s operational chemical weapons arsenal is no more. Officials in the Syrian port of Latakia loaded the very last shipment of the declared stockpile onto a Danish freighter and sent them off for destruction at ...

Don’t Be Sucked Into War With Iraq, Again

June 12, 2014 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 ago, U.S. forces battled Sunni insurgents in the very same cities that are falling to anti-government fighters today. Hundreds ...

Despite Critics, Obama’s Defense Policy Is Popular With the Public

May 29, 2014 “You are the first class to graduate since 9/11 who may not be sent into combat in Iraq or Afghanistan,” President Barack Obama told cheering cadets at West Point this week. He reminded them that over the past 6 years he has withdrawn the more than 100,000 troops that were ...

Don't Look Now, But the Iran Deal Is Working

April 21, 2014 In September 2012, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood at a United Nation’s podium with a cartoon bomb warning that the world had to stop Iran before it completed “the second stage of nuclear enrichment necessary to make a bomb.” The prime minister can rest a bit easier now. We ...

A Formula for Success with Iran

April 7, 2014 This week, negotiators from six world powers will meet again with Iran for what have become near-constant meetings on Iran’s nuclear program. Enough progress has been made by the group (the United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, China and Germany) that U.S. officials announced they would begin in May to ...

Summits Are Nice but Obama Needs to Do More for Nuclear Security

March 23, 2014 World leaders at the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague this week are there because, as comedian George Carlin would say, we have too much "stuff." In this case it's nuclear stuff that can blow up the world. Carlin said that the whole meaning of life "was trying to find ...

The Deal is for Real

November 24, 2013 Every president since Jimmy Carter has tried to make a deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran. None have succeeded. President Barack Obama just did. The deal to limit and begin to roll back Iran’s nuclear program may be the most important foreign policy success of his tenure. It starts ...