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Why Jens Stoltenberg Should Be a Candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize
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Why Jens Stoltenberg Should Be a Candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize

Lawrence J. Korb and Stephen J. Cimbala make the case for NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg's nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize.

It might seem that nominating the leader of the world’s largest and most important military alliance for a Nobel peace prize is a contradiction in terms but, the appearance of contradiction is mistaken. North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is deserving of being considered for this recognition, primarily because of the way he has managed the challenge resulting from NATO’s response to the massive and illegal Russian invasion of Ukraine.

In pulling together a coalition as diverse as NATO to be marshaled for a military effort of the size and scope that was necessary to continue to support Ukraine for more than a year against the Russian invaders, Stoltenberg had to successfully manage at least three critical tasks: political unity; military interoperability; and escalation control.

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Lawrence J. Korb

Senior Fellow

Stephen J. Cimbala

Distinguished Professor of Political Science


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