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Former Finnish President Wins Nobel Peace Prize

By awarding former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, the Norwegian prize committee is returning to its original mandate of honoring those who help in the resolution of conventional armed conflicts. For the past several years, the committee has opted for nontraditional honorees, from Al Gore for his work on climate change to the microcredit guru Muhammad Yunus for his work in extending small loans to the world’s poor. The choice of Ahtisaari, a lifelong diplomat whose work over 30 years on three continents has helped bring an end to fighting and saved thousands of lives, is a vote of confidence for the ancient art of diplomacy and mediation in bringing an end to violence. …

Nobel Peace Prize Goes to Finnish Diplomat – TIME