Willy Brandt Lecture 2009

Willy Brandt Lecture 2009

IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei. (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA)

25 November 2009 | The challenges the world is facing in the 21st century and the threat posed by nuclear proliferation were among the themes addressed by IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei in his 2009 Willy Brandt Lecture delivered on 20 November at the Humboldt University of Berlin.

Praising the figure of former Chancellor Brandt, described as "a great man of vision and realism", Dr. ElBaradei acknowledged his political views focusing on what he described as "two of his greatest insights" that are still valid today as they were thirty years ago.

"[They are] his realization that, in order to achieve anything in world affairs, we must reach out to our adversaries; and his profound understanding of the link between international security and development," Dr. ElBaradei said.

The 2009 Willy Brandt Lecture was Dr ElBaradei´s last public address as Director General of the IAEA.


The Willy Brandt Lecture series is a joint initiative of the Chancellor Willy Brandt Foundation and Berlin´s Humboldt University.

With reference to the political and cultural legacy of Willy Brandt, former Chancellor of then West Germany, the lecture series deals with historical and political issues that are not only of primary significance for our present and future but also affect our understanding of the past.

Every year, a personality of international standing from the political, scientific, economic or cultural fields is invited to deliver a lecture in the Auditorium Maximum of the Humboldt University in Berlin.

The first Willy Brandt Lecture was delivered by World Bank President Robert B. Zoellick on 19 November 2008.

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Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei, IAEA Director General