Inspectors for Peace: Writing the History of the International Atomic Energy Agency

In this Oslo Nuclear Project seminar, Dr. Elisabeth Roehrlich (University of Vienna) will present her new book Inspectors for Peace (JHU Press 2022), which unravels the IAEA’s paradoxical mission of sharing nuclear knowledge and technology while seeking to deter nuclear weapon programs.

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Founded in 1957 in an act of unprecedented cooperation between the Cold War superpowers, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) developed from a small technical bureaucracy in war-torn Vienna to a key organization in the global nuclear order. For its first decade of existence, the IAEA was primarily a scientific and technical organization; it was not until the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons entered into force in 1970 that the agency took on the far-reaching verification and inspection role for which it is now most widely known.

Elisabeth Roehrlich is an assistant professor at the University of Vienna’s Department of History. Her expertise is in twentieth century global and international history, the history of international organizations, the history of the nuclear age and the Cold War, and Austrian contemporary history. She received her PhD in history from the University of Tuebingen, Germany, and has held fellowships at the Norwegian Institute for Defense Studies, the German Historical Institute and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (both in Washington D.C.), and Monash University South Africa. She is the author of a prize-winning book about the former Austrian chancellor Bruno Kreisky (Vienna University Press, 2009), and her writings on the history of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have been published in journals such as the Diplomacy and Statecraft, Cold War History, and the Journal of Cold War Studies.


Published Apr. 5, 2022 2:13 PM - Last modified Apr. 21, 2022 1:47 PM