Because of our policy in supporting autocrats in that part of the world, ElBaradei's record of standing up to the U.S. in the lead-up to the Iraq invasion bolsters his credibility within Egypt, where he has not lived for many years.-- Our colleague Bert B. Lockwood (below right), Editor-in-Chief of Human Rights Quarterly and Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Director of the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights at the University of Cincinnati, in an op-ed about Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei, Bert's colleague since both were at the Center for International Studies at New York University in the 1970s. Later the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency and a Nobel Peace Prizewinner, ElBaradei has emerged as a spokesperson for opponents of the current regime in Egypt. (credit for above left Reuters/Asmaa Waguih photo; video interview here.) Bert's op-ed provides welcome background on ElBaradei -- and acts as a complement to Scott Shane's thought-provoking New York Times piece, "America's Journeys With Strongmen."
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
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