Joseph Cirincione


Adjunct Assistant Professor - Master of Science in Foreign Service
President, Ploughshares Fund


School of Foreign Service (SFS)
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Joseph Cirincione is President of Ploughshares Fund. He was previously Senior Vice President for National Security and International Policy at the Center for American Profress. He also served for eight years as a senior associate and director for non-proliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. 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, 2005). Cirincione is a member of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's International Security Advisory Board as well as the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a frequent commentator on security issues in the media and teaches at the Georgetown University Graduate School of Foreign Service.

Cirincione worked for nine years in the U.S. House of Representatives on the professional staff of the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on Government Operations. He is the author of numerous articles on proliferation and weapons issues, a co-author of Universal Compliance: A Strategy for Nuclear Security (June 2004), a co-author of WMD in Iraq: Evidence and Implication (January 2004), the editor of Repairing the Regime (Routledge, 2000) and producer of the DVD, The Proliferation Threat.

He was the publisher and editor of the Internet site, In December 2003 the National Journal said "Cirincione was a trailblazer, recognizing the Web's potential long before others in the field did. This site reflects his experience at making voluminous information easily accessible."

In May 2004 the National Journal listed Cirincione as one of the 100 people whose ideas will shape the debates over the "ten most important issues of the day." The World Affairs Councils of America in 2004 named him one of 500 people whose views have the most influence in shaping American foreign policy.

He has held positions at the Henry L. Stimson Center, the U.S. Information Agency, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He is an honors graduate of Boston College and holds a Masters of Science with highest honors from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service.


  • Masters of Science (1983) Georgetown University, Foreign Service
  • BA (1971) Boston Collage, Psychology