“Western analysts urge Amano to be more forceful, less divisive than ElBaradei”

“Western analysts urge Amano to be more forceful, less divisive than ElBaradei”
December 1-3, 2009
     James M. Acton outlines the challenges faced by new IAEA head Yukiya Amano, focusing on the need to secure more funding from member states and resolve tensions surrounding Iran and Syria. According to Acton, the US and other developed states believe Amano will be less divisive than his predecessor, Mohamed ElBaradei, whose hesitation to exploit the agency’s full investigative authority eroded both Western and non-Western confidence in the agency. Acton urges Amano to draft “honest” and “straightforward” reports to ensure that agency regulations are enforced against uncooperative member states (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace).
     Leonard Spector likewise urges Amano to make full use of the agency’s authorities. William Potter recounts his experience working with Amano, writing that Amano has “demonstrated the knowledge and fortitude” to address the stark challenges faced by the IAEA. Lawrence Scheinman writes that Amano’s most important challenge will be strengthening the agency’s safeguards system (James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies).
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace | James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies

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