Eighteen Republican members of Congress have nominated President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize. Despite outcry about the nomination, award of the Prize wouldn’t seem far-fetched, either. The Prize is awarded to people who have done “the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.” It is precisely for those reasons that President Donald Trump should be considered, at the very least, a nominee.
The nomination has proven to be controversial, particularly in liberal circles. The President’s nomination is directly related to his work on the Korean Peninsula. South Korean President Moon Jae-in has openly declared his support for President Trump as a Prize recipient and also credited President Trump as the catalyst for the recent reconciliation process between North and South Korea.
Through tough negotiations and back-channel meetings, the Trump Administration has helped to accelerate peace and reconciliation talks between North and South Korea and prompt substantive de-nuclearization efforts by North Korea – though Kim Jong-Un denies that US sanctions led to the effort.
The history of US relations with North Korea has been one of strategic patience with little payoff. From President Clinton all the way through to President Obama, the US tactic regarding the rogue state has been one of patience and ignorance. Frameworks for de-nuclearization in exchange for aid were in place but never followed. North Korea’s commitment to its nuclear program never waned and their efforts resulted in a nuclear arsenal.