Mohamed ElBaradei was deeply involved in the UN in the run-up to the Iraq War. His story of what happened behind the scenes, and assessment of the threat that nuclear weapons poses to our future, out now in paperback.
When he was unanimously elected Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency in 1997, few could have forecast the dramatic role Mohamed ElBaradei would play in every key nuclear confrontation of the next twelve years. Dealing with the nuclear aspirations of Libya and North Korea, standing up to the Bush administration on Iraq, and managing the West's turbulent stand-off with Iran, ElBaradei emerged as the one independent voice, unique in maintaining credibility in the Arabic and Western worlds.
In this account, ElBaradei take us to the heart of the nuclear debate. Inspector, consultant and diplomat, he moves from a Baghdad restaurant where Iraqi officials bleakly predict war, to behind-the-scenes exchanges with Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell. The Age of Deception is an unparalleled account of the struggle to find solutions to the insecurities of the nuclear age by a man who knows the true risks better than anyone.
Mohamed ElBaradei served as Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency from 1997 to 2009. Heralded for their work in limiting nuclear proliferation, ElBaradei and the IAEA were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005. ElBaradei, who has a doctorate in International Law from the New York University School of Law, has been widely touted as a potential Egyptian presidential candidate in 2011. He lives in Cairo.