Big Personnel Moves in Progressive Foreign Policy Circles


(Joseph Cirincione)
Wow. I’ve just confirmed that nuclear non-proliferation giant Joseph Cirincione is moving out of his long-time nest at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and is moving to the Center for American Progress.
Cirincione is easily the country’s leading progressive voice on nuclear non-proliferation and is widely respected on defense policy issues. He was one of the key personalities in the recent film, “Why We Fight“, directed by Eugene Jarecki.
(Jon Wolfsthal)
Recently, Cirincione’s brilliant deputy, Jon Wolfsthal left Carnegie to become a Fellow in CSIS’s International Security Program.
That leaves the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace without a leading personality — for the moment — in the nuclear non-proliferation field. Perhaps Jessica Mathews has someone lined up, or maybe Wolfsthal will be getting a phone call soon.
(Robert O. Boorstin)
The next big news is that it is rumored — though confirmed by two sources to me — that Robert “Bob” Boorstin, who is currently Senior Vice President for National Security and International Policy, is joining the senior public policy staff in the corporate communications division of Google. This is a fascinating move, and Bob is a ‘framing’ genius — so it will be interesting to see what he does to Google and they to him.
Losing Boorstin in the national security “re-framing” arena at this time does not thrill me as his voice is very important — and now doubt he’ll have to mute it while piling up Google options.
More later.
— Steve Clemons