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Episode 168: 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Beatrice Fihn

Episode 168: 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Beatrice Fihn

Exactly two weeks to the day before this interview, Beatrice Fihn received a phone call from Norway. It was the Nobel Committee informing her that the NGO she leads, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, was awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.  The committee cited ICAN, as the NGO is known, for its work to achieve an international treaty against nuclear weapons. The treaty is often compared to the landmine treaty and convention against chemical weapons in that it invokes broadly humanitarian principles to ban what is an inherently indiscriminate weapon.    The treaty was finalized in July and has already gained over 50 signatories from governments with many more expected in the near future. We have a lengthy discussion about the logic behind this treaty and its intentions.     Beatrice describes how it took a kind of fearlessness and disregard for traditional power dynamics to succeed here--and it's worth pointing out that this is a treaty that is opposed, at least f

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