Joseph Cirincione

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Joseph Cirincione
Joe Cirincione in 2007.JPG
Born (1949-11-13) November 13, 1949 (age 70)
OccupationPresident, Ploughshares Fund

Joseph Cirincione (/ˌsɪrɪnsiˈni/,[1] SIR-in-see-OWN-ee, born 13 November 1949) is the president of the Ploughshares Fund, a public grant-making foundation focused on nuclear nonproliferation and conflict resolution.[2][3]


Cirincione was appointed to the presidency of the Ploughshares Fund by the Ploughshares board of directors on 5 March 2008.

He is the author of Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons (Columbia University Press, 2007) and Deadly Arsenals: Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Threats[4] (Carnegie Endowment, second edition 2006) and the co-author of Universal Compliance: A Strategy for Nuclear Security [5] (Carnegie Endowment, 2005).

Cirincione has advocated for negotiations to end the diplomatic stalemate regarding the nuclear program of Iran.[6][7][8] His many public espousals of nonviolent conflict resolution include an appearance on The Colbert Report.[9]

Cirincione previously served as vice president for national security and international policy at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC. For eight years, he was the director for non-proliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he chaired and organized five of the annual Carnegie International Non-Proliferation Conferences.[10] The 2005 conference included Cirincione's 15-minute slide and film presentation, "A Brief History of the Atomic Age."[11]

He worked for nine years in the U.S. House of Representatives, beginning in 1985 as a professional staff member of the Committee on Armed Services.[12] He also served as a staff member of the Committee on Government Operations, and served as staff director of the bipartisan Military Reform Caucus.


  1. ^ Self-introduction on YouTube
  2. ^ "Joseph Cirincione to Lead Expansion of Ploughshares Fund". Ploughshares Fund. February 20, 2008. Archived from the original on July 3, 2013.
  3. ^ Clemons, Steve (February 19, 2008). "Center for American Progress Nuke Expert Becomes Foundation President". Washington Note.
  4. ^ Cirincione, Joseph; Wolfsthal, Jon; Rajkumar, Miriam (July 10, 2005). "Deadly Arsenals: Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Threats" (2nd ed.). Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Retrieved 2013-05-24.
  5. ^ Perkovich, George; Tuchman Mathews, Jessica; Cirincione, Joseph; Gottemoeller, Rose; Wolfsthal, Jon B. (March 2005). "Universal Compliance: A Strategy for Nuclear Security". Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Archived from the original on 2006-12-28.
  6. ^ Cirincione, Joseph (November 2006). "The Clock's Ticking: Stop Iran Before It Is Too Late". Arms Control Today. Arms Control Association.
  7. ^ Gwertzman, Bernard (January 6, 2006). "Q&A: Iran's Nuclear Issues". New York Times.
  8. ^ "Video discussion with Cirincione and Jacqueline Shire". April 19, 2007.
  9. ^ "Better Know a Lobby - Ploughshares Fund". The Colbert Report. November 30, 2009.
  10. ^ "2005 Carnegie International Non-Proliferation Conference". Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Archived from the original on 2006-03-29.
  11. ^ Cirncione, Joseph (2005). "A Brief History of the Atomic Age". Dot-Org Digital Media Services.
  12. ^ "Joseph Cirincione". Q&A. C-SPAN. May 27, 2007.

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