Joseph Cirincione talks to us about a “new nuclear arms race” and gives our listeners historical and political context for the current US nuclear strategy and policies, drawing upon his 35+ years of experience. He walks our listeners through a brief history of nuclear policies and describes for us 3 danger points he is concerned about and provides insider knowledge as to what are the biggest security concerns facing the world today., including Iran and North Korea.
Mr Cirincione visited the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh in partnership with The Iran Project.
Joseph Cirincione is president of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation. He is the author of the books Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It Is Too Late, Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons and Deadly Arsenals: Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Threats. He has worked on nuclear weapons policy in Washington for over 35 years and is considered one of the top experts in the field. He served previously as vice president for national security at the Center for American Progress, director for non-proliferation at Carnegie Endowment, and senior associate at Stimson. He worked for nine years as professional staff on the U.S. House of Representatives Committees on Armed Services and Government Operations. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a former member of the International Security Advisory Board for Secretaries of State John Kerry and Hillary Clinton. He also teaches at the Georgetown University Graduate School of Foreign Service.
Mr Cirincione is an MSNBC nuclear security expert and his commentary has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Financial Times, Kyodo News, Moscow Times, Foreign Policy, The Hill, Daily Beast, and Huffington Post.
- The Ploughshares Fund
- Will the Saudis drag us into war with Iran?, op-ed in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 24, 2018.
- Visiting Nuclear Weapons Expert Says Severing Ties With Russia Effectively Triggers A New Arms Race (interview with 90.5 WESA, Pittsburgh’s NPR Station)
- Dan Ellsberg’s book The Doomsday Machine
- Eric Schlosser’s book Command and Control