I was as surprised as anyone to hear that President Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. His detractors wasted no time pointing out that he doesn’t deserve it — just as the week before, some were gleeful that the U.S. was NOT awarded the Olympics. Damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t.
As he has said himself, his accomplishments aren’t comparable to past recipients (so far). But President Obama’s foreign policy vision is worthy of international accolade. He is implementing a strategy that recognizes that nation states have to hang together in this world or suffer apart.
Countries that want peace and prosperity — which is most of them — need to work together to have any hope against forces of chaos like global warming, worldwide economic crises, omni-present swine flu or terror attacks.
And they need to strengthen the international system that helps fight them, too. That is a far cry from thinking that rising powers as a threat to us as many in Washington tend to do.
Last year, in conjunction with the book I co-authored on this topic (see sidebar), an artist made this video:
It’s often described as “edgy” by my foreign policy friends–to try to illustrate this point and we had the following discussion about it.
I’d like to hear what you think.
– Nina Hachigian