Perhaps Geir Lundestad, head of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, knew that there would be questions about President Barack Obama’s Peace Prize win, but regardless, he’s ready for the biggest one — why Obama? — in this interview conducted and posted by his Nobel colleagues on Friday.

To sum up the main reason Lundestad considers Obama a worthy pick, and not just a choice indicating wishful thinking on his committee’s part, he points to how the president “has produced an entirely new international climate” since taking office, which Lundestad calls “a concrete achievement” in and of itself. –KA


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