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The Nobel Peace Prize 2008
Martti Ahtisaari

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Martti Ahtisaari - Interview

Interview, January 2009

Interview with 2008 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Martti Ahtisaari, 21 January 2009. The interviewer is Marika Griehsel, freelance journalist.

Martti Ahtisaari discusses why his work in Namibia is his "most important undertaking", why he is not in the business of leaving conflicts unresolved (13:00), why globalization can be a positive development (17:57), and why it is important to address employment possibilities for the youth (22:00). He also explains why he respects Nelson Mandela (26:34), why contemporary societies are threatened internally (34:32), and why he is prepared to learn from everyone he meets (40:58).

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49 min.

Interview, October 2008

Telephone interview with Martti Ahtisaari, recorded three hours after the announcement of the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize, 10 October 2008. The interviewer is Adam Smith, Editor-in-Chief of

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6 min.

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Transcript of the Telephone Interview with Martti Ahtisaari


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