Expected to be a conventional bureaucrat when he took office, Mohamed ElBaradei led the International Atomic Energy Agency through 12 years of tumult and set an ambitious course for the agency that some worry can never be realized. In a one-on-one interview and in interviews with those close to him, the Bulletin takes a look at the ElBaradei era and beyond.
After three terms, 12 years, and countless unprecedented challenges, the IAEA can't help but be changed by its outgoing director-general. Three months before Mohamed ElBaradei leaves office, he explains how such an evolution is only a start.
As the International Atomic Energy Agency's director-general, Mohamed ElBaradei stood up to the United States, prevented a widening Middle East conflict, and won the Nobel Peace Prize. Yet as he prepares to leave his post, the future of the agency is in doubt.
After a failed March vote, predicting who will be the IAEA's next director-general is murkier than ever.
The International Atomic Energy Agency should re-examine its program of nuclear safeguards as many more countries express an interest in pursuing peaceful nuclear programs.
Israeli intelligence supported an attack on a Syrian desert location, but the IAEA would have needed better information to investigate the site's activities.