When, in 1997, the International Atomic Energy Agency unanimously elected Mohamed ElBaradei as its next Director General, few observers could have forecast the dramatic role he would play over the next 12 years. Certainly, the stage onto which Dr. ElBaradei stepped - featuring Saddam Hussein's Iraq, Kim Jong-Il's North Korea, Muammar al-Gaddafi's ...
When, in 1997, the International Atomic Energy Agency unanimously elected Mohamed ElBaradei as its next Director General, few observers could have forecast the dramatic role he would play over the next 12 years. Certainly, the stage onto which Dr. ElBaradei stepped - featuring Saddam Hussein's Iraq, Kim Jong-Il's North Korea, Muammar al-Gaddafi's Libya, and the Islamic Republic of Iran - gave ample opportunity for high-stakes and high-profile decision-making. But no one could have predicted that ElBaradei would be 'the man in the middle' of so many nuclear conflicts over so sustained a period of time. And after he and the IAEA were jointly awarded the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize, his role as middle-man only gained intensity. In The Age of Deception, Dr. ElBaradei gives us his account from the centre of the nuclear fray. Readers will sit at the dinner table with Iraqi officials in Baghdad, listening as they bleakly predict the coming war. They will eavesdrop on the exchanges between UN inspectors and U.S. officials observing the behind-the-scenes formulation of an approach to foreign policy and diplomacy that would come to characterise the Bush administration. We gain a feel for the difficulty of the IAEA inspectors' struggle to maintain objectivity when trust has been broken, or when the press - or governments - are playing fast and loose with the facts. The Age of Deception is a story of human imperfection, of modern society struggling to come to grips with the multiple dimensions of human insecurity.
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Publishers Weekly, 2011-03-14 The Egyptian reform leader and Nobel peace laureate recalls his controversial tenure at the International Atomic Energy Agency in this spirited memoir. ElBaradei recounts his years as chief of the U.N.'s nuclear nonproliferation inspectorate, a job that thrust him into global crises over nuclear programs in Iraq, Iran, and North Korea. He recounts ferreting out the nuclear secrets of the world's most paranoid regimes, nerve-wracking adventures full of intrigue, car chases, and Pyongyang's grim hotel accommodations. ElBaradei's accounts of diplomacy, his delicate negotiations-much hinged on the crucial difference between a "pause" and a "time out" in Iran's uranium enrichment project-are fascinating and rife with acerbic portraits of George W. Bush, Tony Blair, and other world leaders. ElBaradei fences with critics who accused him of being soft on rogue regimes, and pillories Western nations' haughty, abrasive treatment of developing countries and their hypocrisy in denying nuclear technology to others while ignoring their own treaty obligations to disarm. The result is a lively, outspoken take on recent geo-political confrontations that makes an impassioned case for using persuasion rather than punishment to resolve the direst threats. Photos. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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