Challenging the integrity of the non-proliferation regime is a matter which can affect international peace and security.

Mohamed ElBaradei

Mohamed ElBaradei

Profession: Politician
Nationality: Egyptian

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I have a lot of interests in global issues, as you know, humanity, inequity, arms control, and I continue to be active on all these issues.

I couldn't have imagined that I would live long enough to see Egypt emancipated from decades of repression.

I think people are distrustful of politicians and are looking for someone who is telling the truth with no hidden agenda.

In a democracy, when you get 20 million people in the street, you resign.

I'm not a grassroots organizer; that is clear. I believe in a division of labor. I'm not trained to organize the grassroots, and grassroots has to come from the grassroots.

Democracy is not an instant coffee.

You don't get the fox to be in charge of the chicken coop. You don't give the outgoing regime - which has been practicing dictatorship, is an authoritarian system, it's a bunch of military people - the task of changing Egypt into a second republic, a new Egypt with democracy, freedom, rights, etc.

Unilateral preemption should not in any way be the model for how we conduct international relations.

Nuclear proliferation is on the rise. Equipment, material and training were once largely inaccessible. Today, however, there is a sophisticated worldwide network that can deliver systems for producing material usable in weapons.

You can't, in the 21st century, continue to live in a system where people live under martial law for 30 years.

I think the Egyptian people need to restore confidence that Americans, the U.S., means what they say when they talk about democracy, rule of law.

The U.S. is not the holder of truth.

America is always a good target for a populist. In many countries, particularly authoritarian systems, if you want to get an extra bonus, you bash the Americans.

Music gives me a lot of peace, either classic music with its structure or the spontaneity of Miles Davis. It brings the best in you.