Joe Cirincione is one of America’s leading experts on nuclear weapons policy. He joins the World Affairs Council for lunch and conversation on the new national debate on nuclear strategy. Nearly every nuclear challenge is getting worse, and a divided government complicates efforts to forge a united approach. How do we repair our strategy before the worst occurs?
This event is in partnership with the Ploughshares Fund.
About the Speaker
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.
About the Moderator
Gretchen Hund is the former Director of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s (PNNL) Center for Global Security. In that role, she focused on identifying emerging issues that may have national security implications. Ms. Hund convened experts to identify and investigate emerging threats that are not in the mainstream of current debate but believed to have grave consequence. She assisted in translating technical detail into digestible information that decision makers can use in setting policy, including understanding the threats and challenges found in the intersection of climate change and national security and how integrated climate models can be better tailored to help inform decisions on infrastructure resilience.
Ms. Hund served with Battelle and PNNL from 1990-2018. From 1985-1990, she was a senior analyst at the US Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, specializing in environmental issues including radioactive waste management and wastes in the marine environment. Ms. Hund holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geology from Middlebury College and a Master of Science degree in Political Science with a concentration in science, technology, and public policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.