Peace scholar and journalist Scott A. Hunt has predicted that this year's recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize will be U2 frontman and debt relief activist Bono (Paul David Hewson).
Hunt, who has taught at UC Berkeley and frequently lectures on peacemaking, is the author of the book "The Future of Peace: On the Frontlines with the World's Great Peacemakers."
Hunt is one of the few writers in the world who has engaged in intimate conversations with a number of Nobel Peace Prize winners in their own communities, including the Dalai Lama, Aung San Suu Kyi, John Hume, Oscar Arias, Betty Williams and M·iread Corrigan Maguire. He has also had in-depth discussions with many Nobel Peace Prize nominees, including Jane Goodall, Maha Ghosanada, Thich Quang Do, Uri Avnery and Thich Nhat Hahn.
The winner of the 2005 Peace Prize will be announced in Oslo this Friday, October 7, 2005. The confidential list of nominees includes 163 individuals and 36 organizations.
"It is a notoriously difficult game to try to predict who among the numerous nominees will win," Hunt admits. "I think the huge issues on the global stage this year are the tsunami relief in Asia, anti-poverty campaigns, terrorism, and weapons of mass destruction. Individuals and organization that work within these spheres are the most likely candidates to win," Hunt says.
"I would rank the most likely recipients as Bono, Finnish diplomat Martti Ahtisaari, Oxfam, Save the Children, and Dr. Muhammad Yunus. Other commentators 'short lists' include U.S. Senator Richard Lugar and former Senator Sam Nunn for their work to secure ageing nuclear weapons in the former Soviet Union, Mordechai Vanunu, for blowing the whistle on Israel's nuclear weapons program, Former Czech president Vaclav Havel for his peacemaking activities, Bob Geldoff for his anti-poverty events."
"Bono has done a tremendous amount of work that comports with Alfred Nobel's intention to award the prize to a group or individual that promotes 'fraternity between nations'," Hunt declares.
"On the heels of the G8 Summit and The One Campaign, when awareness has been raised that we can, for the first time in human history, end dire poverty worldwide, I think Bono is the clear choice."
"I surmise that Bill Clinton is among this year's nominees," Hunt says. "He's a strong contender for a future award. The Clinton Global Initiative is precisely the kind of effort that Alfred Nobel wanted to award."