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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
 
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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Heffner Alumni House

May 19, 2011, 7:00 p.m.

An Evening with Laban Coblentz

Rensselaer Chief of Staff and Associate Vice President for Policy and Planning

to discuss

The Age of Deception:

Nuclear Diplomacy in Treacherous Times

by Mohamed ElBaradei

Former Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency,

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, and

Current Contender for the Presidency of Egypt


Coblentz, whom ElBaradei describes as his “chief collaborator in the conceptual development and writing of this narrative,” worked side by side with ElBaradei for eight years at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), during which the IAEA became known for its investigation of suspected clandestine nuclear programs in Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Libya, and elsewhere. In 2005 the IAEA and Dr. ElBaradei were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Publisher’s Weekly describes The Age of Deception: “In this spirited memoir ElBaradei recounts ferreting out the nuclear secrets of the world’s most paranoid regimes, nerve-wracking adventures full of intrigue, car chases, and Pyongyang’s grim hotel accommodations. ElBaradei’s accounts of diplomacy are fascinating and rife with acerbic portraits of George W. Bush, Tony Blair, and other world leaders... The result is a lively, acerbic take on recent geo-political confrontations that makes an impassioned case for using persuasion rather than punishment to resolve the direst threats.”

Coblentz will discuss the themes of the book and his time with ElBaradei, including ElBaradei’s more recent role as an advocate of democracy in the Egyptian revolution that has been a key component of this historic “Arab Spring.”

Market Block Books of Troy, New York will be present at the event with copies of the book available for sale.

The Age of Deception was released in April by Metropolitan Books, a division of Henry Holt. For more information and additional reviews of the book, see the Macmillan website at: http://us.macmillan.com/theageofdeception.






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