ElBaradei to join Tufts’ Fletcher School as Nobel-Laureate-in-Residence

Ahram Online , Friday 6 Dec 2013

Egyptian Nobel-Laureate and former vice president Mohamed ElBaradei will join the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy starting in the fall of 2014

Renowned international diplomat and former Egyptian vice president Mohamed ElBaradei will join the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Boston as Nobel-Laureate-in-Residence in the fall of 2014.

"The entire Fletcher and Tufts community is proud to welcome Dr. ElBaradei, a courageous leader and powerful advocate for international peace and security," said Admiral James Stavridis, the dean of the Fletcher School, in a statement published on Wednesday.

According to Stayridis' statement, ElBaradei will focus on a range of co-curricular activities "drawing on his experience as head of the IAEA [Internationl Atomic Energy Agency] as well as the critical role he played in Egypt through the recent years of political turmoil."

"He will engage with students and faculty in public lectures and smaller, private events at the Fletcher School as well as other schools within Tufts University," adds the statement.

The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University was founded in 1933 as the first school exclusively for graduate studies in international affairs in the United States.

ElBaradei has expressed his delight to be joining the Fletcher School.

"At a time when we are facing the chaos and complexity of an increasingly interconnected world, sound management of international affairs has become key to our global well being. I look forward to what I’m sure will be a most stimulating intellectual interaction with a superb faculty and student body under the inspiring leadership of Dean Stavridis,” said ElBaradei.

ElBaradei left Egypt after resigning from his position as vice president on 14 August in objection to the violent dispersal of pro-Morsi protest camps in Cairo by security forces, which left hundreds of protesters dead. ElBaradei said he was troubled by the loss of life, which he argued "could have been avoided."

Since then, the Nobel peace laureate has been the subject of a smear campaign by journalists and politicians who accused him of being "unpatriotic" for his resignation from government during a critical moment in Egyptian politics.

ElBaradei is a renowned advocated of democracy, credited with calling on Egyptians prior to the January 25 revolution to end Mubarak’s rule.

He is a graduate of the faculty of law at Cairo University, after which he joined the Egyptian Foreign Service before launching his international career. He was an adjunct professor of international law at the New York University School of Law from 1981 to 1987, and he served as director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) from 1997 until 2009, when he was appointed director general emeritus. 

In 2005, ElBaradei and the IAEA received the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts "to prevent nuclear energy from being used for military purposes and to ensure that nuclear energy for peaceful purposes is used in the safest possible way."

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