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Arms control expert and author Joseph Cirincione will discuss the history and future of nuclear weapons. Wednesday, November 7, 2007

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — Co-sponsored by the Vassar College Department of Political Science, and the World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley, arms control expert Joseph Cirincione will discuss his new book “Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons,” on Wednesday, November 7, at 7:00 pm, in the second floor auditorium of Students’ Building. Cirincione will sign copies of his book immediately after the talk, and this event is free and open to the public.

Since May 2006 Cirincione has been Senior Fellow and Director for Nuclear Policy at the Center of American Progress (CAP), after serving as director for nonproliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (1998-2006). In the previous nine years Cirincione worked for the U.S. House of Representatives, on the professional staff of the Committee on Armed Service and the Committee on Government Operations, and as staff director of the Military Reform Caucus.

In addition to his new book, Cirincione has written over two hundred articles on defense issues. He is co-author of Contain and Engage: A New Strategy for Resolving the Iran Nuclear Crisis, Deadly Arsenals: Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Threats, and Universal Compliance: A Strategy for Nuclear Security. Cirincione is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and has held positions at the Henry L. Stimson Center, the U.S. Information Agency, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He graduated with honors from Boston College and holds a Masters of Science from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service, where he currently teaches.

Cirincione was featured in the award-winning 2006 documentary Why We Fight, and is a frequent media commentator on arms control issues. The World Affairs Councils of America has also named him one of 500 people whose views have the most influence in shaping American foreign policy.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370.

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Posted by Office of Communications Friday, October 26, 2007