But in the following decades, the prize became much more international — and now it includes many laureates from other parts of the world, particularly Africa, Asia and the former Soviet Union. More of the recipients have also been women.

“The impact of the decolonization of Africa, the Vietnam War and the fear of an atomic war made the Nobel Committee more focused on conflicts outside Europe,” said Oivind Stenersen, who co-authored a book about the Nobel Peace Prize, in an interview in 2015.

While Ethiopia’s Abiy is expanding the laureates’ geographical diversity, he still fits at least two pre-1970s…



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