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A Nobel Prize for Trump and Kim Is No Joke

April 27, 2018
Leonid Bershidsky
This is a summary of an article originally published by Bloomberg with the subheading: "If they manage to achieve peace in Korea, they’ll be genuine heroes, whatever else they are."

The author writes that if U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's talks go well, the two have a real chance of winning the Nobel Peace Prize this year. Bershidsky argues that if "peace is restored to the Korean peninsula, they’ll both deserve it," going on to say that even those who have committed heinous crimes should be celebrated for taking steps that make the world a safer place. "In some cases, these actions will—and should—form their principal legacy." A Korean peace deal, he argues, may be enough to redeem the words and deeds of both Trump and Kim. Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, blamed for many different things, is similarly remembered and celebrated for the reunification of Germany and for "choosing peace over war ... Peace is fragile. It’s also the ultimate achievement for a leader. Those who attain it are heroes, whatever else they are.”

Read the full article at Bloomberg. 


Leonid Bershidsky

Leonid Bershidsky is a columnist for Bloomberg and a veteran Russia watcher. 

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