The Policy and Politics of U.S. Nuclear Strategy | Joseph Cirincione | Feb 11

Preventing nuclear catastrophe is one of the greatest challenges of our time, and although the world has made progress on nuclear security since the Cold War, we all know that the work of nuclear security is never done.

Former Senator Sam Dunn
Co-Chair, Nuclear Threat Initiative
December 3, 2018

The Tennessee World Affairs Council

in Association with

Belmont University Center for International Business And

The UNA-USA Nashville Cordell Hull Chapter

invite you to a

Global Town Hall

The Policy and Politics of U.S. Nuclear Strategy


Joseph Cirincione


February 11, 2019
Belmont University

Curb Event Center, Beaman A/B Room

5:30 Registration/Networking
6:00-7:30 Program

Open to all

  • Active Paid Members: Free
  • Future Members: $10.00
  • Belmont Students and Faculty: Free

No charge for members of the Ploughshares Network. Please RSVP directly to

For Information on Members’ Private Dinner With Mr. Cirincione contact Pat Ryan ( or 615.460.6011)

THE COLD WAR IS LONG OVER — But Its Nuclear Threats Live On

Did you know?

  • Since 1993, there have been 454 confirmed incidents of illegal possession, smuggling, purchasing, or selling of nuclear or otherwise radioactive materials.
  • The US President has the absolute and total authority to order a nuclear attack. Neither Congress nor any other governmental authority has oversight over a launch decision.
  • There are still nearly 15,000 nuclear weapons left on the planet; over 90% are in the US and Russia, with the remainder in China, France, India, Israel, North Korea, Pakistan and the United Kingdom.
  • There have been dozens of nuclear false alarms, yet the president has a mere 10 minutes to decide whether to launch an attack when an incoming strike is reported.


  • Prevent a war with Iran in the wake of the US violation of the Iran nuclear agreement while supporting congressional and European efforts to sustain the agreement.
  • Support diplomacy with North Korea to reduce tensions, avoid war and roll back its nuclear weapons program and maintain peace on the Korean Peninsula.
  • Lead a coordinated effort to prevent a new nuclear arms race, blocking new nuclear weapons in our own country and working with our allies to freeze and cut nuclear arsenals in other nations.
  • Address the root causes of conflict in regions at risk of nuclear war, such as South Asia, where tensions remain high between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan.

“Thank you, Ploughshares Fund, for all your efforts to realize our dream of a world free of nuclear weapons.”
—Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations

“This is the moment when we have to move forward and all of us come together to reduce the number of nuclear weapons and eliminate them from the face of the earth.”
—Colin Powell, former Secretary of State & former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff


Joseph Cirincione is president of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation. He is the author of the books Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It Is Too Late, Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons and Deadly Arsenals: Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Threats. He has worked on nuclear weapons policy in Washington for over 35 years and is considered one of the top experts in the field. 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 also 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, and Huffington Post.

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