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8. LA: Opinion = How Obama can earn his Nobel Peace Prize
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How Obama can earn his Nobel Peace Prize
If it's too early for President Obama to deserve the award, what can he do to make himself worthy? A variety of experts weigh in.

October 18, 2009
Many people, including the president himself, were surprised this month when the Nobel committee awarded the peace prize to Barack Obama. His critics -- as well as some supporters -- questioned whether he deserved it. It was too soon, they said; he'd done too little. We posed a question to a variety of experts: What should the president do to earn the prize?

Build a legacy in America's backyard
Ariel Dorfman

Of all the regions in a dangerous and intractable world, forgotten Latin America might paradoxically offer Barack Obama the best opportunity to influence events so that the "hope for the future" embodied in his Nobel Peace Prize becomes a reality.

Building on his creative engagement with Latin America after the George W. Bush years of blindness and neglect, there is much the president can accomplish immediately. Lifting the senseless blockade against Cuba, followed by full diplomatic relations, would be a good beginning. Another sore spot is Honduras, where the United States has not done enough to isolate and punish the de facto government, which came to power through a coup against the country's elected president. And Obama should rethink his approach to hemispheric security (canceling, for instance, Plan Colombia) as a way of defusing tensions in a Latin America threatened by a new arms race.

The U.S., one of the largest Spanish-speaking countries in the world, could also send a signal of friendship to Latin America by legalizing the situation of millions of undocumented Latino workers.

On another front, presidents Alvaro Uribe of Colombia and Felipe Calderon of Mexico, seconded by Brazil's Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, have valiantly opened up a tentative conversation about the failed "war on drugs." ............

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