Joseph Cirincione is the president of the Ploughshares Fund. He is most recently the author of Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons (2007). Previously, he served as senior vice president for national security and international policy at the Center for American Progress and as director for nonproliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for eight years. Cirincione 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. He teaches at the Georgetown University Graduate School of Foreign Service and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Cirincione’s previous books include two editions of Deadly Arsenals: Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Threats (2005 and 2002). He has coauthored two reports: Universal Compliance: A Strategy for Nuclear Security (2005) and WMD in Iraq ( 2004). He is the author of over 200 articles on defense issues, the producer of two DVDs on proliferation, the former publisher of the comprehensive proliferation website, Proliferation News, and a frequent commentator in the media. In the past three years he has delivered over 150 speeches around the world and appeared in the 2006 award-winning documentary, Why We Fight.
Cirincione is an honors graduate of Boston College and holds an MS degree from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service.