I tend to agree, that giving the prize for something that hasn't actually been accomplished yet seems like a dubious way to go.
Here's what the Nobel committee says they awarded the prize for:
"for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea"
As noted in the piece above, the resolution of the conflict w/ Eritrea hasn't happened yet, and might never happen. Schadomsky seems to think giving the prize to Abiy might even make a future resolution less likely to happen.
I honestly think the rug needs to be pulled out from under the Nobel Peace Prize Committee. People should ignore the prize, the media should ignore it. The Oscars and the AP football poll are, of course, jokes and unrelated to reality, but they're not award systems that have the potential to do real damage, to impact world economies and the like. Too many people seem to think the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded with real authority, that recipients are being judged by people who speak for the entire planet. It isn't and they don't. But the consequences of this perception can be detrimental, as there is the potential to create situations like the one here, where one side feels like it is being disrespected. At least when Arafat received the prize, he did so jointly with Rabin and Peres. Imagine if Arafat had received it alone. Or imagine if the US was more vindictive when Gorbachev received the award. Or consider the stupidity of awarding it to Kissinger (albeit jointly) for supposedly ending a war he was effectively still prosecuting, with decisions that did real damage to Cambodia and other parts of Indochina (and to be fair to Kissinger, he didn't ask for the stupid prize).
Or consider the stupidity of awarding it to Kissinger (albeit jointly) for supposedly ending a war he was effectively still prosecuting, with decisions that did real damage to Cambodia and other parts of Indochina (and to be fair to Kissinger, he didn't ask for the stupid prize).
I think it was Tom Lehrer who said that Kissinger winning the Nobel Peace Prize made political satire obsolete.
And true, Kissinger didn't ask for the prize, but he still accepted it. Le Duc Tho, the Vietnamese diplomat who won the award jointly w/ Kissinger, actually did refuse it.