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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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Pompeo’s Secret Korea Trip May Not Save His Nomination, But It Could Save Trump’s Summit

April 18, 2018 Even if you politically oppose President Donald Trump and CIA Director Mike Pompeo, you should welcome Pompeo’s surprise meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jung Un. More than anything else that has happened in the Trump presidency, this trip could bring us closer to resolving one of the most dangerous...

Putin Just Gave Trump the Arms Race He Sought

March 1, 2018 If you missed the Cold War, it looked a lot like right now, plus a Berlin Wall. Last month, the United States announced three new nuclear weapons to be aimed at Russia, at least in part. This month begins with Russian President Vladimir Putin in his annual state-of-the-nation address unveiling...

Nuclear Nuts: Trump's New Policy Hypes The Threat and Brings Us Closer to War

February 2, 2018 Friday afternoon is not usually the time government officials choose to present good news. So, you could sympathize as officials struggled at the Pentagon roll out of President Donald Trump’s controversial new plan for nuclear weapons, called the Nuclear Posture Review, this Friday. They had reason to try to bury...

Hawaii's Nuclear Wakeup Call (and Why We Should Take MLK's Advice)

January 14, 2018 We are closer to a nuclear disaster than at anytime since 1995. And it is going to get worse. What is it like to live on the nuclear brink? For professional golfer John Peterson playing in the Sony Open in Honolulu, it meant huddling terrified “under mattresses in the bathtub...

Last Year’s Top 5 Worst Nuclear Nightmares (That Aren't Going Away)

December 27, 2017 The top five nuclear nightmares we faced in 2017 will continue to haunt us in 2018. In fact, each has gotten worse this year. It is not that the past year has been devoid of good news, but the bad outweighed the good. The overall number of nuclear weapons in...

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...