areppim column chart and statistics of Nobel prize winners for peace, both individual persons and peace promoting organizations, indicating the names, nationality or location of headquarters, and affiliation where applicable, from 1901 to 2017. The Nobel prize for peace was inaugurated with the award to Henry Dunant, the Swiss who designed and created the Red Cross, after having witnessed and described in his report "A Memory of Solferino" the horrid extent of the life losses and human sufferings in the one-day battle of 24 June 1859 during the Austrian-French war. Dunant's initiative truly contributed henceforth to save many lives and to alleviate the pains caused by war and violence against individuals all over the world. However, the list of his successors raises deep concerns about the committee's drives and motivations, as it includes less deserving, and sometimes less than commendable, individuals and institutions.

The Nobel prize for peace was inaugurated with the award to Henry Dunant, the Swiss who designed and created the Red Cross, after having witnessed and described in his report "A Memory of Solferino" the horrid extent of the life losses and human sufferings in the one-day battle of 24 June 1859 during the Austrian-French war. Dunant's initiative truly contributed henceforth to save many lives and to alleviate the pains caused by war and violence against individuals all over the world. However, the list of his successors raises deep concerns about the committee's drives and motivations, as it includes less deserving, and sometimes less than commendable, individuals and institutions.

Two recent instances are revealing of the bedlam prevailing within the Nobel committee. US President Obama was awarded the Nobel peace prize in 2009, just as he was taking office, before being able to inaugurate any executive motion in favor of peace. In fact, he was already concocting bellicose initiatives that would soon turn into the Afghanistan escalation, the worldwide targeted assassination program, or the military interventions in Libya, Yemen, Somalia or Syria — to cut a long story short, he was already planning the extension of both open and covert war to the most remote places on earth, no borders, no sanctuaries barred.

Then, in 2012, the European Union was laureated at the very moment when the organization's non-elected bureaucrats were driving poverty, economic havoc and social chaos throughout Europe. Alas, EU's black record is not limited to the social and economic fields, it also extends to warfare. EU is by and large held accountable for the barbaric, blood chilling wars in the Balkans in the 1990s, the 2008 Georgia's South Ossetia war, and the on-going civil and international war in Ukraine. Non content with bringing war back in-house or to the close borders of western Europe, the EU engaged in a diplomacy of intimate collusion with NATO, with a view to further United States' and EU's interests in eastern Europe, Africa, Middle East and Central Asia, of which the military interventions in Libya, Mali, or Syria are damning examples

The 2016 Nobel for peace awarded to Colombia's President Santos, may stem from good intentions — it is supposed to honor the effort to achieve peace with the Colombian FARC rebels. It resulted however in another botched initiative. For starters, if the prize was aimed at recognizing the peace deal, as explicitly mentioned, why did the Nobel people forget the other party at the negotiation talks — it takes two to strike a deal, doesn't it? Then, just as the announcement was being made, Colombians rejected the peace accord in a referendum, thus exposing the Nobel committee's inability to really understand what is going on.

In many instances, the Nobel prize for peace looks like a pathetic attempt to play West-serving diplomatic games and to model public opinion, rather than a candid acknowledgment and recognition of genuinely dedicated peace-promoting work. But, after all, this is consistent with the Nobel narrative. Alfred Nobel himself has been greeted as someone "who became rich by finding ways to kill more people faster than ever before", as said in his erroneous obituary published in 1888.

Nobel Prize for Peace
1901 - 2017

Year

Name

Gender

Citizenship
or
Headquarters Location

Second Citizenship

Born
or
Established

Remarks

Affiliation at the time of the award

2017International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)InstitutionSwitzerland 2007  
2016Juan ManuelSantos CalderónMaleColombia 1951President, Colombia 
2015National Dialogue QuartetInstitutionTunisia 2013 
2014KailashSatyarthiMaleIndia 1954  
2014MalalaYousafzaiFemalePakistan 1997  
2013Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical WeaponsInstitutionNetherlands 1997  
2012European Union (EU)InstitutionBelgium 1957 (Treaty of Rome)  
2011Ellen JohnsonSirleafFemaleLiberia 1938  
2011LeymahGboweeFemaleLiberia 1972  
2011TawakkulKarmanFemaleYemen 1979  
2010LiuXiaoboMaleChina 1955  
2009Barack Obama MaleUnited States 1961  
2008MarttiAhtisaari MaleFinland 1937  
2007Albert Arnold (Al)Gore Jr. MaleUnited States 1948  
2007Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) InstitutionSwitzerland 1988 WMO
2006MuhammadYunusMaleBangladesh 1940  
2006Grameen Bank InstitutionBangladesh 1976  
2005MohamedElBaradeiMaleEgypt 1942  
2005International Atomic Energy AgencyInstitutionAustria 1957  
2004WangariMaathaiFemaleKenya 1940  
2003ShirinEbadiFemaleIran 1947  
2002JimmyCarterMaleUnited States 1924  
2001KofiAnnanMaleGhana 1938  
2001United Nations InstitutionUnited States 1945  
2000KimDae-jungMaleSouth Korea 1925  
1999Médecins Sans FrontièresInstitutionBelgium 1971  
1998JohnHumeMaleUnited Kingdom 1937  
1998DavidTrimbleMaleUnited Kingdom 1944  
1997JodyWilliamsFemaleUnited States 1950  
1997International Campaign to Ban LandminesInstitutionUnited States 1992  
1996Carlos Filipe XimenesBeloMaleTimor Leste 1948  
1996JoséRamos-HortaMaleTimor Leste 1949  
1995JosephRotblatMaleUnited Kingdom 1908  
1995Pugwash Conferences on Science and World AffairsInstitutionCanada 1957  
1994YasserArafatMalePalestinian Territory,  Occupied  1929  
1994ShimonPeresMaleIsrael 1923  
1994YitzhakRabinMaleIsrael 1922  
1993F.W.de KlerkMaleSouth Africa 1936  
1993NelsonMandelaMaleSouth Africa 1918  
1992Rigoberta MenchúTumFemaleGuatemala 1959  
1991Aung San SuuKyiFemaleMyanmar 1945  
1990MikhailGorbachevMaleSoviet Union 1931  
1989The 14th Dalai Lama MaleChina 1935  
1988United Nations Peacekeeping ForcesInstitutionUnited States 1948  
1987Oscar AriasSánchezMaleCosta Rica 1941  
1986ElieWieselMaleUnited States 1928  
1985International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear WarInstitutionUnited States 1980  
1984DesmondTutuMaleSouth Africa 1931  
1983LechWalesaMalePoland 1943  
1982AlvaMyrdalFemaleSweden 1902  
1982Alfonso GarcíaRoblesMaleMexico 1911  
1981Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for RefugeesInstitutionSwitzerland 1951  
1980Adolfo PérezEsquivelMaleArgentina 1931  
1979Mother Teresa FemaleIndia 1910  
1978Anwaral-SadatMaleEgypt 1918  
1978MenachemBeginMaleIsrael 1913  
1977Amnesty International InstitutionUnited Kingdom 1961  
1976MaireadCorriganFemaleUnited Kingdom 1944  
1976BettyWilliamsFemaleUnited Kingdom 1943  
1975AndreiSakharovMaleSoviet Union 1921  
1974SeánMacBrideMaleIreland 1904  
1974EisakuSatoMaleJapan 1901  
1973HenryKissingerMaleUnited States 1923  
1973Le DucThoMaleViet Nam 1910Declined the prize
1971WillyBrandtMaleGermany 1913  
1970NormanBorlaugMaleUnited States 1914  
1969International Labour OrganizationInstitutionSwitzerland 1919  
1968RenéCassinMaleFrance 1887  
1965United Nations Children's FundInstitutionUnited States 1946  
1964Martin LutherKingMaleUnited States 1929  
1963International Committee of the Red CrossInstitutionSwitzerland 1863  
1963League of Red Cross SocietiesInstitutionSwitzerland 1863  
1962LinusPaulingMaleUnited States 1901 California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
1961DagHammarskjöldMaleSweden 1905  
1960AlbertLutuliMaleSouth Africa 1898  
1959PhilipNoel-BakerMaleUnited Kingdom 1889  
1958GeorgesPireMaleBelgium 1910  
1957Lester BowlesPearsonMaleCanada 1897  
1954Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for RefugeesInstitutionSwitzerland 1951  
1953George C.MarshallMaleUnited States 1880  
1952AlbertSchweitzerMaleFrance 1875  
1951LéonJouhauxMaleFrance 1879  
1950RalphBuncheMaleUnited States 1904 Harvard University
1949Lord BoydOrrMaleUnited Kingdom 1880  
1947Friends Service CouncilInstitutionUnited Kingdom 1647  
1947American Friends Service CommitteeInstitutionUnited States 1672  
1946Emily GreeneBalchFemaleUnited States 1867  
1946John R.MottMaleUnited States 1865  
1945CordellHullMaleUnited States 1871  
1944International Committee of the Red CrossInstitutionSwitzerland 1863  
1938Nansen International Office for RefugeesInstitutionSwitzerland 1921  
1937RobertCecilMaleUnited Kingdom 1864  
1936Carlos SaavedraLamasMaleArgentina 1878  
1935Carlvon OssietzkyMaleGermany 1889  
1934ArthurHendersonMaleUnited Kingdom 1863  
1933Sir NormanAngellMaleUnited Kingdom 1872  
1931JaneAddamsFemaleUnited States 1860  
1931Nicholas MurrayButlerMaleUnited States 1862 Columbia University
1930NathanSöderblomMaleSweden 1866  
1929Frank B.KelloggMaleUnited States 1856  
1927FerdinandBuissonMaleFrance 1841  
1927LudwigQuiddeMaleGermany 1858  
1926AristideBriandMaleFrance 1862  
1926GustavStresemannMaleGermany 1878  
1925Sir AustenChamberlainMaleUnited Kingdom 1863  
1925Charles G.DawesMaleUnited States 1865  
1922FridtjofNansenMaleNorway 1861  
1921HjalmarBrantingMaleSweden 1860  
1921ChristianLangeMaleNorway 1869  
1920LéonBourgeoisMaleFrance 1851  
1919WoodrowWilsonMaleUnited States 1856  
1917International Committee of the Red CrossInstitutionSwitzerland 1863  
1913HenriLa FontaineMaleBelgium 1854  
1912ElihuRootMaleUnited States 1845  
1911TobiasAsserMaleNetherlands 1838  
1911AlfredFriedMaleAustria 1864  
1910Permanent International Peace BureauInstitutionSwitzerland 1891  
1909AugusteBeernaertMaleBelgium 1829  
1909Paul Henrid'Estournelles de ConstantMaleFrance 1852  
1908Klas PontusArnoldsonMaleSweden 1844  
1908FredrikBajerMaleDenmark 1837  
1907Ernesto TeodoroMonetaMaleItaly 1833  
1907LouisRenaultMaleFrance 1843 Sorbonne University
1906TheodoreRooseveltMaleUnited States 1858  
1905Berthavon SuttnerFemaleAustria 1843  
1904Institute of International LawInstitutionBelgium 1873  
1903RandalCremerMaleUnited Kingdom 1828  
1902ÉlieDucommunMaleSwitzerland 1833  
1902AlbertGobatMaleSwitzerland 1843  
1901HenryDunantMaleSwitzerland 1828  
1901FrédéricPassyMaleFrance 1822  

 

Sources: see Nobelprize

 

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