AUTHORElbaradei, Mohamed
TITLEThe Age of Deception: Nuclear Diplomacy in Treacherous Times
PUBLISHERMetropolitan Books
CITYNew York, NY

The author, the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) from 1997 to 2009, chronicles his experiences with the nuclear programs of Iraq, Iran, North Korea (DPRK), and Libya during that turbulent period. He describes his interactions with leaders in those nations as well as in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Western Europe. The opening chapters discuss Iraqi efforts to develop a nuclear weapon before the first Gulf War and the view of the U.S. and the U.K. that Iraq was continuing that effort-- the assertion used to justify the second Gulf War. The narrative reveals the difficult role of the IAEA in conducting inspections and mediating between nuclear weapons states and those countries desiring to acquire those weapons. The author often found himself at odds with the policies of the nuclear states, especially those of the U.S., in dealing with the nations aspiring to develop nuclear weapons. His detailed descriptions of meetings and negotiations provide interesting insights into the successes and failures of the IAEA in dealing with nuclear proliferation. A concluding chapter argues for continued international efforts to achieve collective security and cites 2010 initiatives to secure nuclear materials and multinational control of the nuclear fuel cycle.

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