Nobel Peace Prize for Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi. Also (sort of) a prize for India and Pakistan?

As Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi won Nobel peace Prize today would you say this gesture towards both countries is also a reminder to be peaceful, may it influence the relations somehow? Read few comments.

Sumit Ganguly, Professor of Political Science, Indiana University in Bloomington

I am delighted they have won the Nobel Peace Prize. However, that will not translate into more peaceful behavior between the two warring states. The two countries remain at odds over long-standing issues and they are not subject to easy resolution.

Frederic GrareSenior Associate, Director of Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s South Asia Program

The gesture is definitely a call for peace and the parallel between India and Pakistan established by the Nobel committee is obviously not coincidental,  even if it is unlikely to change the current situation which will probably die down out of its own dynamic. But this Nobel Prize has indeed has several dimensions: it is about the cause of children and women, a plea against forced labor or women’s and girl’s segregation. It is also a plea against extremism. Beyond that, I hope it will provide Pakistan’s youth with a desperately needed positive role model.

Michael Kugelman, Senior Program Associate for South and Southeast Asia, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

I think it’s simply coincidental that the two winners hail from countries that are traditional enemies and have fought wars against each other. I think the Nobel committee really intended to highlight that there are brave children’s education reformers in both countries.

However, I do think it’s the hope of the Nobel committee that the awards will highlight that there are peace-minded people in both countries. The committee would probably like to make an example of these two winners, and hope that it brings the two countries together.

Unfortunately, the two countries are really on particularly bad terms now, and I don’t see this recent Nobel announcement having any impact at all on bilateral relations.

Stephen CohenSenior Fellow, Foreign Policy, The Brookings Institution

The prize is a commentary on the weak quality of governance in both countries, but it may also remind them that they are paired, whether they like it or not (and the Indians don’t like it), in that they share many social and cultural problems as well as a dispute over territory (Kashmir) and their very identifies a secular state vs. a religious-based state.

 

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