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"Judging solely by results, it is hard to characterize Mohamed ElBaradei's tenure as director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, from 1997 to 2009, as a success. The IAEA's chief purpose is to ensure that non-nuclear-weapons states stay that way. Its tamper-proof seals secure nuclear material, its surveillance cameras monitor sensitive nuclear equipment, and its inspectors spot-check nuclear sites. But over the twelve years when ElBaradei ran the UN agency, the IAEA's investigations were met with outright defiance, and its central mission with repeated failure." Stuart A. Reid, The New Republic (Read the entire New Republic review)

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Publisher Comments:

For the first time, the Nobel Prize laureate and "man in the middle" of the planet's most explosive confrontations speaks out—on his dealings with America, negotiations with Iran, reform and democracy in the Middle East, and the prospects for a future free of nuclear weapons.

For the past two decades, Mohamed ElBaradei has played a key role in the most high-stakes conflicts of our time. Unique in maintaining credibility in the Arab world and the West alike, ElBaradei has emerged as a singularly independent, uncompromised voice. As the director of the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency, he has contended with the Bush administration's assault on Iraq, the nuclear aspirations of North Korea, and the West's standoff with Iran. For their efforts to control nuclear proliferation, ElBaradei and his agency received the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize.

Now, in a vivid and thoughtful account, ElBaradei takes us inside the international fray. Inspector, adviser, and mediator, ElBaradei moves from Baghdad, where Iraqi officials bleakly predict the coming war, to behind-the-scenes exchanges with Condoleezza Rice, to the streets of Pyongyang and the trail of Pakistani nuclear smugglers. He dissects the possibility of rapprochement with Iran while rejecting hard-line ideologies of every kind, decrying an us-versus-them approach and insisting on the necessity of relentless diplomacy. Above all, he illustrates that the security of nations is tied to the security of individuals, dependent not only on disarmament but on a universal commitment to human dignity, democratic values, and the freedom from want.

Probing and eloquent, The Age of Deception is an unparalleled account of society's struggle to come to grips with the uncertainties of our age.

Review:

"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.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

For the first time, the Nobel Prize laureate and "man in the middle" of the planet's most explosive confrontations speaks out—on his dealings with America, negotiations with Iran, reform and democracy in the Middle East, and the prospects for a future free of nuclear weapons.

For the past two decades, Mohamed ElBaradei has played a key role in the most high-stakes conflicts of our time. Unique in maintaining credibility in the Arab world and the West alike, ElBaradei has emerged as a singularly independent, uncompromised voice. As the director of the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency, he has contended with the Bush administration's assault on Iraq, the nuclear aspirations of North Korea, and the West's standoff with Iran. For their efforts to control nuclear proliferation, ElBaradei and his agency received the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize.

Now, in a vivid and thoughtful account, ElBaradei takes us inside the international fray. Inspector, adviser, and mediator, ElBaradei moves from Baghdad, where Iraqi officials bleakly predict the coming war, to behind-the-scenes exchanges with Condoleezza Rice, to the streets of Pyongyang and the trail of Pakistani nuclear smugglers. He dissects the possibility of rapprochement with Iran while rejecting hard-line ideologies of every kind, decrying an us-versus-them approach and insisting on the necessity of relentless diplomacy. Above all, he illustrates that the security of nations is tied to the security of individuals, dependent not only on disarmament but on a universal commitment to human dignity, democratic values, and the freedom from want.

Probing and eloquent, The Age of Deception is an unparalleled account of society's struggle to come to grips with the uncertainties of our age.

Synopsis:

"Mohammed ElBaradei is one of the genuinely great leaders of his generation."—Graham T. Allison, Douglas Dillon Professor of Government and Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

As the director of the UNs International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed ElBaradei played a key role in the most high-stakes conflicts of our time. Contending with the Bush administrations assault on Iraq, the nuclear aspirations of North Korea, and the Wests standoff with Iran, he emerged as a lone independent voice, uniquely credible in the Arab world and the West alike. As questions over Irans nuclear capacity continue to fill the media, ElBaradeis account is both enlightening and fascinating.

ElBaradei takes us inside the nuclear fray, from behind-the-scenes exchanges in Washington and Baghdad to the streets of Pyongyang and the trail of Pakistani nuclear smugglers. He decries an us-versus-them approach and insists on the necessity of relentless diplomacy. “We have no other choice,” ElBaradei says. “The other option is unthinkable.”

About the Author

Mohamed ElBaradei served as Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency from 1997 to 2009. He was awarded the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize, together with the IAEA, and has also been honored with the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development; the Nile Collar; and the Roosevelt Institute's Four Freedoms Award. Founder of the Egyptian opposition movement The National Association for Change, ElBaradei lives in Cairo.

Table of Contents

Introduction   1

1. Iraq, 1991-1998: Unmasking a Hidden Program   9

2. North Korea, 1992-2002: The Case of the Missing Plutonium   37

3. Iraq, 2002 and After: A Needless War   48

4. North Korea, 2003 and After: The Nuclear Weapons Club Adds a Member   89

5. Iran, 2003-2005: The Riddle of Taqqiya   112

6. Libya: Discovery and Dismantlement   148

7. The Nuclear Bazaar of A. Q. Khan   164

8. From Vienna to Oslo   180

9. Iran, 2006: "Not One Centrifuge"   191

10. Double Standards   214

11. Iran, 2007-2008: Squandered Opportunities   241

12. Iran, 2009: In Pursuit of a Breakthrough   286

Conclusion: The Quest for Human Security   314

Acknowledgments   323

Index   327

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805093506
Subtitle:
Nuclear Diplomacy in Treacherous Times
Author:
ElBaradei, Mohamed
Publisher:
Picador
Subject:
Arms Control
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Politics - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120605
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review A Day" by , "Judging solely by results, it is hard to characterize Mohamed ElBaradei's tenure as director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, from 1997 to 2009, as a success. The IAEA's chief purpose is to ensure that non-nuclear-weapons states stay that way. Its tamper-proof seals secure nuclear material, its surveillance cameras monitor sensitive nuclear equipment, and its inspectors spot-check nuclear sites. But over the twelve years when ElBaradei ran the UN agency, the IAEA's investigations were met with outright defiance, and its central mission with repeated failure." (Read the entire New Republic review)
"Synopsis" by , For the first time, the Nobel Prize laureate and "man in the middle" of the planet's most explosive confrontations speaks out—on his dealings with America, negotiations with Iran, reform and democracy in the Middle East, and the prospects for a future free of nuclear weapons.

For the past two decades, Mohamed ElBaradei has played a key role in the most high-stakes conflicts of our time. Unique in maintaining credibility in the Arab world and the West alike, ElBaradei has emerged as a singularly independent, uncompromised voice. As the director of the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency, he has contended with the Bush administration's assault on Iraq, the nuclear aspirations of North Korea, and the West's standoff with Iran. For their efforts to control nuclear proliferation, ElBaradei and his agency received the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize.

Now, in a vivid and thoughtful account, ElBaradei takes us inside the international fray. Inspector, adviser, and mediator, ElBaradei moves from Baghdad, where Iraqi officials bleakly predict the coming war, to behind-the-scenes exchanges with Condoleezza Rice, to the streets of Pyongyang and the trail of Pakistani nuclear smugglers. He dissects the possibility of rapprochement with Iran while rejecting hard-line ideologies of every kind, decrying an us-versus-them approach and insisting on the necessity of relentless diplomacy. Above all, he illustrates that the security of nations is tied to the security of individuals, dependent not only on disarmament but on a universal commitment to human dignity, democratic values, and the freedom from want.

Probing and eloquent, The Age of Deception is an unparalleled account of society's struggle to come to grips with the uncertainties of our age.

"Synopsis" by , "Mohammed ElBaradei is one of the genuinely great leaders of his generation."—Graham T. Allison, Douglas Dillon Professor of Government and Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

As the director of the UNs International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed ElBaradei played a key role in the most high-stakes conflicts of our time. Contending with the Bush administrations assault on Iraq, the nuclear aspirations of North Korea, and the Wests standoff with Iran, he emerged as a lone independent voice, uniquely credible in the Arab world and the West alike. As questions over Irans nuclear capacity continue to fill the media, ElBaradeis account is both enlightening and fascinating.

ElBaradei takes us inside the nuclear fray, from behind-the-scenes exchanges in Washington and Baghdad to the streets of Pyongyang and the trail of Pakistani nuclear smugglers. He decries an us-versus-them approach and insists on the necessity of relentless diplomacy. “We have no other choice,” ElBaradei says. “The other option is unthinkable.”

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