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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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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 ...

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 ...