Disarming Iraq

Disarming Iraq

Hans Blix

10.21.2009

Hans Blix

Hans Blix studied at the University of Uppsala, at Columbia University, and at Cambridge University, where he received his doctorate. At Stockholm University, he attained a doctorate in law and served as a professor in international law. From 1963 to 1976, he served in the Swedish foreign ministry, and in 1978, he became Sweden's Minister for Foreign Affairs. From 1981 until 1997, he served as Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency. In 2000, the UN Secretary General appointed Hans Blix to his present position as head of the United Nations Monitoring, Verification, and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC).

He has written several books on subjects associated with international and constitutional law. He received an honorary doctorate from Moscow State University in 1987 and the Henry de Wolf Smyth Award in 1988. In 1997, he was awarded the Gold Medal for distinguished service in the field of nuclear affairs by the Uranium Institute, the predecessor to the World Nuclear Association. In 2001, he became Honorary Chairman of the World Nuclear Association.

A longtime Swedish diplomat and former minister of foreign affairs, Hans Blix was head of the United Nations Monitoring, Verification, and Inspection Commission from 2001 to 2003 and led the 2002 search for Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) in Iraq. The former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency from 1981 to 1997, Dr. Blix came out of retirement to lead the WMD search. He led about 700 inspections in Iraq, finding no WMDs before his work was cut short by the start of the Iraq War. In 2004, Dr. Blix released his book, "Disarming Iraq," about his inspection efforts leading up to the U.S. invasion.