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Joe Cirincione

Joe Cirincione is president of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation. In 2004, he co-wrote “WMD in Iraq: Evidence and Implications,” the definitive independent analysis of how U.S. officials systematically misrepresented the threat of Iraq’s WMD.
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Bolton’s Big Iran Con

January 12, 2019 Here’s the dire warning National Security Advisor John Bolton brought Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Jan. 6: “We have little doubt that Iran’s leadership is still strategically committed to achieving deliverable nuclear weapons.” I have found zero evidence to support Bolton’s claim. It is unclear who “we” means, but...

The Biggest Nuclear Threats of 2018 Will Follow Us into the New Year

December 29, 2018 There was some positive news this year — most importantly the decreased possibility of war in Korea — but, overall it was bleak. Let’s get right to it. 1. The New Nuclear Arms Race is the clear winner as the greatest global nuclear threat of 2018. Each of the nine...

A Serial Killing Spree That Threatens Us All

October 22, 2018 Just in time for Halloween, John Bolton emerges from the basement of the White House to continue his serial killing spree of arms control agreements. In his first move, he engineered the horrifying U.S. withdrawal from the Iran anti-nuclear deal, over the screams of America’s national security leaders and our...

John McCain, Nuclear Disarmament, and What Might Have Been

August 29, 2018 John McCain wanted to ban the bomb. It is not the image one has of the late Arizona senator, but when he ran for president in 2008, he argued that “the United States should lead a global effort at nuclear disarmament.” It wasn’t just a throwaway line. McCain built it...

A No-Cost, No-Brainer of a Nuclear Deal

July 10, 2018 Most of the Western security establishment is dreading next week’s meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. There is a whole lot that could go wrong. But there is one thing that could go right. The two could agree to keep a brake on the nuclear arms...

Happy 50th Birthday to the NPT Nuclear Treaty

July 2, 2018 President John F. Kennedy worried about a world with dozens of nuclear-armed states “large and small, stable and unstable, responsible and irresponsible.” To prevent small wars from becoming nuclear wars, he launched a suite of security initiatives including negotiating a limited nuclear test ban treaty and establishing an agency devoted...

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...