The Age of Deception: Nuclear Diplomacy in Treacherous Times

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Henry Holt and Company, Apr 26, 2011 - Political Science - 352 pages
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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.

 

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User Review  - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing

Interesting and thoughful book about the life of nuclear weapons inspecting. Covers Iraq, Iran, Libya, Pakistan, and N. Korea, and a reasoned and delicate approach to all of these. A job which is all the more important now than ever. Read full review

THE AGE OF DECEPTION: Nuclear Diplomacy in Treacherous Times

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Drawing upon his unique perspective on the diplomatic firing line, 2005 Nobel Peace Prize winner ElBaradei—director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency from 1997 to 2009—shares his ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
4
48
The Riddle of Taqqiya
112
Discovery and Dismantlement
148
The Nuclear Bazaar of A Q Khan
164
From Vienna to Oslo
180
Not One Centrifuge
191
Double Standards
214
Squandered Opportunities
241
In Pursuit of a Breakthrough
286
The Quest for Human Security
314
Acknowledgments
323
214
331
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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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