By Timothy Stafford.
In 2007, the Nobel committee awarded the Peace Prize to Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The following year, it honoured Barack Obama – only recently installed as President – for pledging to make arms control a governing priority. In 2012, it was the European Union, then mired in economic and institutional crisis.
Earlier today, the Nobel Committee yet again moved to bolster a campaign or organisation of which it approves, by recognising the work of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).
The Peace Prize has become a means of encouragement, rather than a reward. In this instance, bolstering a coalition seeking to institute a Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons via the United Nations. The award is woefully misconceived.
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