The Age of Deception Nuclear Diplomacy in Treacherous Times

Mohamed ElBaradei




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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.

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 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. "We have no other choice," ElBaradei says. "The other option is unthinkable."


Praise for The Age of Deception

"ElBaradei passionately advocates making diplomacy the main recourse in counter-proliferation—and he's right to do so . . . The Age of Deception provides the grist for serious debate even as it helpfully chronicles the International Atomic Energy Agency's journey from a relatively obscure group of technicians to an organization with growing international clout."—The New York Times Book Review

"ElBaradei has interesting stories to tell, and he tells them with verve . . . Anyone wishing to glimpse some of the central tensions in 21st century international diplomacy should read The Age of Deception."—The Washington Post

"Mohamed ElBaradei has spoken eloquently about global efforts at poverty reduction and conflict resolution and has shown a deep understanding of the intrinsic links between peace, disarmament and development."—Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, 2008 Indira Gandhi Peace Prize Citation

"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

"In this spirited memoir ElBaradei 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 are fascinating and rife with acerbic portraits of George W. Bush, Tony Blair, and other world leaders . . . The result is a lively, acerbic take on recent geo-political confrontations that makes an impassioned case for using persuasion rather than punishment to resolve the direst threats."—Publishers Weekly

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  • Mohamed ElBaradei

  • 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.

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