Joe Cirincione is president of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation focused on eliminating nuclear weapons. He has worked on nuclear weapons policy in Washington for 35 years as committee staff in the U.S. House of Representatives, as director of nuclear policy programs at the Stimson Center and the Carnegie Endowment and as vice president for national security at the Center for American Progress. He is considered one of the nation’s top experts in the field.
Cirincione is the author or editor of six books and hundreds of articles and appears frequently in the media. His most recent book is Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It Is Too Late. He played a critical role in securing the historic accord with Iran that blocked that nation's pathways to a nuclear bomb. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Security Advisory Board for the secretary of state (2010–17). But he is perhaps best known for his interview with Stephen Colbert on the Colbert Report. Google "nuclear Colbert" and you get Joe.