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Martti Ahtisaari, "Norm Entrepreneur," wins Nobel Peace Prize

Submitted by Arts & Sciences Web Team on October 10, 2008 - 12:46pm

2008 Nobel Peace Prize winner Martti Ahtisaari is an example of a ‘norm entrepreneur’ — one who exercises influence abroad through moral leadership, according to Professor Christine Ingebritsen’s 2006 study Scandinavia in World Politics.

Ingebritsen, who teaches courses on Scandinavia in World Affairs, Environmental Norms in International Politics and Modern Scandinavian Politics in the department, offers a sustained appraisal of Scandinavia’s foreign policy and role in the global economy in the post-Cold War period. In an era when good citizenship in the global community has become a diplomatic priority for many states, Scandinavia has both the legitimacy and the domestic political attributes to be an important international player.