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Setting the Agenda: Exporting Norwegian Norms through the Nobel Peace Prize

Summary: Setting the Agenda: Exporting Norwegian Norms through the Nobel
Peace Prize
Submitted to:
Dr. Christine Ingebritsen, Scandinavian Studies
University of Washington
Maren Anderson Johnson
January 8, 2012
International media erupted when the Nobel Peace Prize Committee announced
in October 2009 that newly elected President Barack Hussein Obama was the selected
recipient for the prize, which is revered as one of the world's most prestigious. The
furry of posts on social media sites, articles from international newspapers and general
attitudes of dumbfoundedness all centered around one central question: what are the
criteria used by the Nobel Peace Prize committee that deem an individual deserving of
such a high prize?
When this question was asked in conjunction with President Obama's award, this
question seemed to suggest that many deemed President Obama unqualified to receive
this prize because. Many argued that he had not produced results for the high promises
he made on the campaign trail. He had only been in office for nine months when the
decision came down that Obama would be the prize's recipient. There was no evidence


Source: Anderson, Richard - Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington at Seattle


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences