Podcast: A Nobel Peace Prize for Trump?

I joined William Crawley and BBC Radio Ulster’s Talkback on Thursday to discuss the provocative question, “Should Donald Trump get the Nobel Peace Prize?” over his role in discussions between North Korea and South Korea.

Given that there is little chance that Trump will get the prize despite his nomination by Republican legislators, I swing the conversation to the real dynamics behind the Korean talks — the regional dimension and the calculations by North Korea, South Korea, China, and other countries.

Trump supporter Jan Halper-Hayes tries to hold the line by heralding Donald Trump as “consistently inconsistent” and “predictably unpredictable”, bringing my note that “to threaten nuclear war just to say we have averted nuclear war is a bit of a risky strategy” while concluding:

If you play to Trump’s ego, you can contain him. If you can do that by flattering him, I’m OK with it.

Listen to Discussion

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.


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