It is not easy to predict who’ll win the Nobel Peace Prize. For one thing, the list of contenders that are nominated is kept secret and even the contenders don’t know that they have been nominated. And when Barack Obama and the European Union can win this award, it gets really hard to predict who will be chosen. 2013 has also seen a record number of nominations coming to a total of 259 nominations. Although the nominees are not disclosed, already people have started speculating that the Malala Yousafzai has a great chance to win the Nobel Peace Prize this year. Some people are claiming that Julian Assange, Bradley Manning or Edward Snowden should win the award. But here’s a more serious speculation not just about who’ll win this year but about who can win the award sometime in the future. So here are the top 10 current public figures who might win a future Nobel Peace Prize.
10. Alyn Ware:Alyn Ware is a peace activist from New Zealand. He’s active in the areas of peace, non violence, nuclear disarmament, women’s rights, children’s rights, environment protection and international law. He’s the Global Coordinator for the group Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament. He’s received various peace awards and is a strong contender to win the Nobel someday.
9. Lawrence S. Wittner:Lawrence S. Wittner is an American historian and author. He’s written many books on peace movements and foreign policy. He’s also been an active political activist in the racial equality and labor movements. His books, articles and speeches have won various awards and he’s given many lectures all around the world on the topic of world peace. He could win the Nobel Peace Prize one day.
8. Widad Akrawi:Widad Akrawi is a Danish citizen of Kurdish ancestry who has advocated for human rights and peace movements for many years now. She is a health expert, author, lecturer, lobbyist and the president of Defend International. She protested against torture of Kurds by the Iraqis and formed a secret group that tried to record evidence of torture being carried out by the Iraqis. On moving to Denmark she began working with Amnesty International in 1994.
7. Alfred Maurice de Zayas:Alfred de Zayas is an American lawyer, writer and historian. He’s been working in the field of human rights and international law for many years. He’s a retired UN official and was appointed as the United Nations Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order by the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2012.
6. Mel Duncan:Mel Duncan is an American peace activist who helped form the Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP), which is a civilian peacekeeping organization based in Brussels. NP is based on Gandhi’s concept of Shanti Sena and uses trained, unarmed civilian peacekeepers to create space for nonviolent conflict resolution. NP has conducted civilian peacekeeping operations in Sri Lanka, Philippines, Sudan and Guatemala. He was nominated one of the “50 visionaries who are changing your world” by Utne Reader, an American political magazine.
5. Malala Yousafzai:
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani education activist who was shot in the head in an assassination attempt by the Taliban in 2012, is the clear public favorite to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013. Her courage in protesting against the Taliban, before and after being shot, and her commitment towards peace definitely make her a good candidate to win the Nobel Peace Prize.