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Peace, Then Prize | Opinion | The Harvard Crimson

With another year comes another round of Nobel Prizes. But there seems to be a perennial outlier in the family of awards. While prizes such as Physics and Literature are awarded to luminaries with substantive and thoroughly scrutinized contributions, the Nobel Peace Prize is consistently awarded before the fact. It is often given to promote political causes that are popular at the time; it rewards short-term fame, not long-term merit. This practice degrades the credibility of this important award in the public eye.

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