The Atlantic, a hugely influential multi-platform publisher, has hosted an opinion piece on why The Nobel Peace Prize needs to come to an end.
This comes in the immediate wake of Donald Trump’s nomination for the prize last Wednesday, put forward by Tybring-Gjedde, a member of Norway’s Progress Party.
The author of the opinion piece states that the process has become too subjective, and altogether incoherent, to cultivate any kind of durable peace. He draws our attention to the fact that many of those who have received the honour in the past, likely left a greater impact by the way of conflict rather than peacemaking.
To avoid this outcome, the author concludes:
“-peace can be recognized only by its fruits, which take decades to mature, and not by its seeds. To keep giving awards for the seeds is to court embarrassment, and to make yourself hostage to wacky attention-seeking nominations like Trump’s. Better to shut it down, before the trolls do first.”