Former Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei (LL.M. '71, J.S.D. '74, LL.D. '04), who has returned to Egypt after almost 30 years abroad, is calling for constitutional reforms and social justice there.

In an interview with the Associated Press on February 27, ElBaradei, who has been selected by a group of opposition and protest movement leaders to run a new National Coalition for Change, did not say whether he'd try to run for president in 2011, only that a mass reform movement must take hold. "You have seen how much support I got even before I set foot in Egypt," ElBaradei said. "It shows that people are ready, I would say even hungry for change. But this is still something that has to take root and has to spread to different parts of the country."

For more on ElBaradei and the political situation in Egypt, read "Using Diplomatic Touch, an Outsider Challenges the Grip of Egypt's Ruling Party" in the New York Times.

Posted on March 2, 2010