Nobel Peace Prize goes to Barack Obama

Ridiculous choice? Perfect choice?


Does he deserve it looking at his international efforts so far?

Nicholas Cull, Professor of Public Diplomacy and Director of the Masters Program in Public Diplomacy, University of Southern California

My first reaction to the new was that it is extremely premature, as if they had given him the Nobel Prize for literature based on his memoir of growing up. On refelection I think it is a powerful illustration of the hope embodied by President Obama especially in contrast to the despair which we Europeans felt when we looked at the Bush administration with its wars and taste for unilateral foreign policy. It is also a reminder to the world just how remarkable it is to see a major nation choose a president from a once ostracized and still disadvantaged minority. In a world where so much conflict comes from racial divides, Obama is a great symbol of peace. But while it is wonderful to know that Europe loves Obama and identifies him with peace, the reality is that he is still running two wars, and some of his choices reflect continuity with Bush policy. I wonder what the reaction to this news will be in Pakistan, where well over a thousand civilians have been killed in drone attacks? Much as I admire the president the trick for American diplomacy is now to fulfill the promise of its leader and deliver policies to match the promise.


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