Joe Cirincione joins Cameron Munter to discuss modern nuclear policy. Topics include an exploration of the key drivers behind new weapon development, potential nuclear faultlines, as well as a few reasons to be optimistic about future nonproliferation and reduction efforts.
"There are nine countries with nuclear weapons in the world. Each one of them is building new nuclear weapons," says Cirincione. "It's worrying, but then you add on top of that the complete collapse of the reduction process...And, you have people in the United States arguing for new, more usable nuclear weapons."
"You put all this together: the new weapons being built; the collapse of the reduction process; no new negotiations going on; new use doctrines; tensions flaring between the nuclear armed countries. You're asking for trouble. There's a nuclear tinderbox out there and people are throwing matches."
Joe has worked on nuclear weapons policy in Washington for over 35 years, with previous roles including vice president for national security at the Center for American Progress and director for non-proliferation at Carnegie Endowment—in addition to serving on the International Security Advisory Board for Secretaries of State John Kerry and Hillary Clinton and the U.S. House of Representatives Committees on Armed Services and Government Operations. He is also the author of several books including Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It Is Too Late.