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A Look at the Presidency and the Nobel Peace Prize.

The Nobel Peace Prize was established by Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel,and was first awarded in 1901. It awards achievements in physics, chemistry, medicine, and literature.

In light of President Trump’s second nomination we should look back at the relationship between the award and our past presidents. In America’s history only four presidents have received the honor.

Theodore Roosevelt won it in 1906 for brokering peace in the Russo-Japanese War.

Woodrow Wilson won in 1919 for his efforts in leading the United States through the end of WWI and for being the architect of The League of Nations.

Jimmy Carter won post presidency for his decades of trying to find peaceful resolutions to international struggles.

Barack Obama won as well, but no one, including himself, could quite pinpoint why.

So now we come to President Trump’s nomination. He has broken a 39- year streak of American Presidents either starting a war or bringing the United States into an international armed conflict.

Specifically he’s been nominated for his back to back peace deals in the Middle East. For this Israel-Bahrain-UAE deal that he signed in office, it creates official ties between the nations as well as a return from cooperation to actual acceptance.

If this deal works hostility towards Israel will become lessened, partnerships between nations would be formed economically and scientifically. These nations would become friendly neighbors as to opposed to hostile ones.

Trump even says there is more to come in the way of peace making treaties. And despite how you personally feel about him as a leader and a person, it’s hard to ignore that he’s accomplished something that presidents before him were too afraid to tackle.

I think he should be getting more attention for these deals, whether or not that means he should win the award he was nominated for I don’t know, but he certainly deserves some praise for what he’s accomplished here.

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Elora Maxwell

Elora Maxwell is an aspiring author. She loves traveling, watches old films and loves classic country music.