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Joseph Cirincione is the President of the Ploughshares Fund
Ploughshares Fund
The Ploughshares Fund is a public grantmaking foundation that supports initiatives to prevent the spread and use of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons and other weapons of war, and to prevent conflicts that could lead to the use of weapons of mass destruction. Ploughshares is a 501...

, a public grant-making foundation focused on nuclear weapons policy and conflict resolution. He was appointed to the presidency by the Ploughshares board of directors on March 5, 2008. Cirincione had previously served as vice president for national security and international policy at the Center for American Progress
Center for American Progress
The Center for American Progress is a progressive public policy research and advocacy organization. Its website states that the organization is "dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through progressive ideas and action." It has its headquarters in Washington D.C.Its President and Chief...

 in Washington, DC, and for eight years as the director for non-proliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a foreign-policy think tank based in Washington, D.C. The organization describes itself as being dedicated to advancing cooperation between nations and promoting active international engagement by the United States...

. 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 (Carnegie Endowment, second edition 2006) and the co-author of Universal Compliance: A Strategy for Nuclear Security (Carnegie Endowment, 2005) and "WMD in Iraq: Evidence and Implications" (Carnegie Endowment, 2003). He is on the adjunct faculty of the Georgetown University
Georgetown University
Georgetown University is a private, Jesuit, research university whose main campus is in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Founded in 1789, it is the oldest Catholic university in the United States...

 School of Foreign Service, where he teaches in the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations
Council on Foreign Relations
The Council on Foreign Relations is an American nonprofit nonpartisan membership organization, publisher, and think tank specializing in U.S. foreign policy and international affairs...


Cirincione chaired and organized five of the annual Carnegie International Non-Proliferation Conferences, considered the premier event in the field. Video and audio recordings of the conferences are available on line as well as a DVD of the 2005 conference highlights, including Cirincione's 15-minute slide and film presentation, "A Brief History of the Nuclear Age."

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

In May 2004 the National Journal listed Cirincione as one of the 100 people who will play a critical role in the policy debates of the next administration. The World Affairs Councils of America in 2005 named him one of 500 people whose views have the most influence in shaping American foreign policy. He lectures around the world on nuclear policy and is widely published in the field with over 300 articles to his credit. He tweets @Cirincione.

He is featured along with other foreign affairs experts in interviews in Eugene Jarecki
Eugene Jarecki
Eugene Jarecki is an author and a dramatic and documentary filmmaker based in New York.His works include Why We Fight, which won the 2005 Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, The Trials of Henry Kissinger, Reagan, Freakonomics , Quest of the Carib Canoe, and Season of the...

's documentary film Why We Fight
Why We Fight (2005 film)
Why We Fight, directed by Eugene Jarecki, is a 2006 documentary film about the military–industrial complex. The title refers to the World War II-era eponymous propaganda movies commissioned by the U.S...

in the 2010 documentary by Lucy Walker, " Countdown to Zero." and in Denis Delestrac's "Pax Americana and the Weaponization of Space
Pax Americana and the Weaponization of Space
Pax Americana and the Weaponization of Space is a documentary film by Denis Delestrac with a music score by Amon Tobin. The film deals with the issue of space weapons and their politics, featuring interviews with several key United States military personal, academics such as Noam Chomsky and...


During the 2008 presidential campaign, Cirincione was an informal adviser to Senator Barack Obama's campaign, focusing his work on nuclear matters.

Cirincione is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Catastrophic Risk and the Global Agenda Council on Weapons of Mass Destruction. He was an expert advisor to the Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States, chaired by former Secretary of Defense William J. Perry and former Secretary of Energy and Secretary of Defense James R. Schlesinger. Cirincione also served as a member of the Advisory Committee to the Commission on the Prevention of WMD Proliferation and Terrorism, headed by former Senator Bob Graham
Bob Graham
Daniel Robert "Bob" Graham is an American politician. He was the 38th Governor of Florida from 1979 to 1987 and a United States Senator from that state from 1987 to 2005...

 (D-FL) and former Senator Jim Talent
Jim Talent
James Matthes "Jim" Talent is an American politician and former senator from Missouri. He is a Republican and resided in the St. Louis area while serving in elected office. He identifies with the conservative wing of the Republican party, being particularly outspoken on judicial appointments,...


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