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Colombian President Wins Nobel Peace Prize for Rejected Peace Deal

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has thrown some curveballs over the past decade, with prizes for Barack Obama in 2009 and the European Union in 2012, but this year’s award to President Juan Manuel Santos for his work to end the long-running conflict in Colombia, just days after voters narrowly rejected the peace agreement he had negotiated, is still a head-scratcher. Santos had been a front-runner for the award for the landmark peace deal, but the committee’s final decision isn’t made until October and Nobel-watchers generally assumed that the failed referendum had knocked him out of the running.
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