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Tuesday Speaker
Tuesday Speaker: Joe Cirincione
Memorial Hall
October 1, 2019 @ 11:45 am - 1:15 pm

Presidential Politics and US Nuclear Policy

Presented by Joseph Cirincione, President, Ploughshares Fund

With the departure of former National Security Advisor John Bolton, a new space has opened for policy towards Iran and North Korea. As the Democratic presidential campaign intensifies, candidates are jockeying to present their own, alternative national security strategies.

This makes the next 18 months potentially some of the most dynamic months in President Donald Trump’s tenure in office. Can he forge new deals with Iran and North Korea? How would a new Democratic president reshape America’s nuclear policy? This talk will explore the possibilities and predict some of the most likely outcomes.




About Joseph Cirincione:


Joseph Cirincione is president of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation, and the host of the weekly national security podcast, Press The Button.


Cirincione has worked on nuclear weapons policy in Washington for over 35 years and is considered one of the top experts in the field. He is the author or editor of seven national security books, most recently, Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It Is Too Late and Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons.  He served previously as vice president for national security at the Center for American Progress, director for non-proliferation at Carnegie Endowment, and senior associate at Stimson. He worked for nine years as professional staff on the U.S. House of Representatives Committees on Armed Services and Government Operations. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a former member of the International Security Advisory Board for Secretaries of State John Kerry and Hillary Clinton. He teaches at the Georgetown University Graduate School of Foreign Service.


Cirincione is an MSNBC nuclear security expert and his commentary has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Financial Times, Kyodo News, Moscow Times, Foreign Policy, The Hill, Daily Beast, Huffington Post, and others.