Center for American Progress Nuke Expert Becomes Foundation President


joe cirincione the washington note.jpgJoe Cirincione is one of the great, high energy intellectuals in Washington who knows that the stakes are big in Washington — and that the policy battles we engage in really matter. They do.
I have enjoyed working with Cirincione — who sort of reminds me of what it would be like if Andy Rooney was playing an expert in nuclear non-proliferation policy — for quite a long time. I worked closely with him at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and at the Center for American Progress — where most recently he was making waves as Senior Fellow and CAP’s Director of Nuclear Policy.
Tomorrow, Joe Cirincione will be announced as the new president of the progressive and important Ploughshares Fund — which has been ably stewarded for many years by executive director Naila Bolus. Bolus will continue in her current role working with Cirincione.
Our congrats to Joe. Our condolences to the Center for American Progress. Joe is one of the great “gets” in Washington.
I’m only sorry he’s not working for us at the New America Foundation. . .but maybe I can encourage him to become a regular guest-blogger at The Washington Note.
Cirincione has been an adviser to the Obama campaign on nuclear policy and non-proliferation — and given trends, one really must wonder how long Joe will remain in his next post. (Sorry Joe — had to ask?!)
Now off to the airport! I’m returning to DC from Tokyo today/tomorrow.
— Steve Clemons


5 comments on “Center for American Progress Nuke Expert Becomes Foundation President

  1. Mr.Murder says:

    His 2000 speech on WMD was prescient, like he was setting the table for someone.


  2. Brenda Matthers says:

    Anything would be an improvement over the current management at Ploughshares.


  3. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Interesting, Steve, you comment on Cirincione’s weapons proliferation activism, but not on Wolfowitz’s new appointed position. I wonder, is Cirincione as tight lipped about it? I find it kinda hard to believe you and he haven’t discussed it.


  4. anon says:

    So, who is going to be taking the lead on nuclear weapons and nonproliferation policy at CAP?


  5. Dan Kervick says:

    A great pickup for Ploughshares, Steve. Cirincione is a true servant of global peace and security who devotes his efforts to making us all safer, and saving us and our posterity from the nightmare of nuclear war. I’ve taken my shots at Washington IR and foreign policy professionals, but he’s one of the few I can’t say a bad word about. We need a lot more people like him.


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