Potential, Politics and the Nobel Peace Prize

What we can learn from Trump’s nomination to the Nobel Peace Prize

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  • Trump has had a “key role in facilitating contact between conflicting parties and … creating new dynamics in other protracted conflicts, such as the Kashmir border dispute between India and Pakistan, and the conflict between North and South Korea, as well as dealing with the nuclear capabilities of North Korea.”
  • Trump’s administration along with Serbia and Kosovo signed an agreement normalizing economic relations between Serbia and Kosovo, which also included Kosovo recognizing Israel, and Serbia agreeing to move its embassy to Jerusalem.

More than an ode to Trump

However, Tybring-Gjedde’s nomination may have been made more as a criticism of the Norwegian Nobel Committee’s choices than as an ode to Trump.

A history of poor choices

But the 2009 award to Obama is not the committee’s only poor choice. Sometimes the selections are far from peace champions, but benefit Norway politically, like in the case of Cordell Hull (1945), which helped strengthen Norway’s ties with the United States, and George C. Marshall (1953) who, in addition to strengthening political ties, benefitted Norway with financial aid after World War II.

Why it matters

Perhaps Tybring-Gjedde, with his nomination of Trump, wanted to prove a point: The Nobel Peace Prize Committee — and really the Norwegian government — through its poor choices to the Nobel prize, is showing an example of leadership that is just as divisive as Trump’s.

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