Joseph Cirincione

Joseph Cirincione is president of the Ploughshares Fund and the author of Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons and WMD in Iraq: Evidence and Implications.

Recent Articles

A Man With a Clear Conscience

He warned us. On Jan. 27, 2003, Mohamed ElBaradei told the United Nations Security Council that his initial inspections had revealed no evidence of nuclear-weapons activities in Iraq. The next day, ignoring this new intelligence, President George W. Bush presented an urgent case for military action in his State of the Union address, and The New York Times , The Washington Post , and most leading experts followed Bush's lead: Saddam was building a bomb, and war was the only way to stop him. By January 2005, the official U.S. inquiry by the Iraq Survey Group would verify ElBaradei's findings: Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction and no program to produce them, and it was not making any "concerted efforts to restart [its earlier] program." By then, the war was entering its third year. In his new memoir, The Age of Deception , ElBaradei grapples with some tough issues, but none brings out his passion more than the Iraq War. As the director general of the International Atomic Energy...