Blix to reflect on Iraq one decade after war

March 16, 2013

Hans Blix, the director-general Emeritus of the International Atomic and Energy Agency (IAEA), will review the nuclear situation in Iran and North Korea at a lecture he will deliver in Bahrain this week.

International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), the organisers of the event, said that the lecture “Is the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty In Danger?” is being held as “the two worst-case scenarios — Iran in possession of a nuclear bomb or a military attack on Iranian nuclear facilities — dominate the debate about the future of the Middle East region”.

According to IISS, North Korea’s recent test detonation of a nuclear bomb, for the third time, threatens to destabilise the Asia Pacific for years to come.

“The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which has constrained the spread of nuclear weapons for more than four decades, is beginning to fray under the pressure of developments in Iran and North Korea,” the institute said.

The lecture on March 6 will address questions that include whether the treaty can survive if Iran becomes a nuclear weapons state, the possible consequences of a marginalised treaty and whether people should be worried.

Blix, the Executive Chairman of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission for Iraq between 2000 and 2003, will also reflect on Iraq as the international community marks the 10th anniversary of the Iraq war.

Blix was Swedish minister for foreign affairs from 1978 to 1979. In February 2010, the UAE said that he would head an advisory board for its nuclear power programme.



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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
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  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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