Nobel Medal, Prize for Physics (medal)
Nobel Medal, Prize for Physics (medal) by Erik Lindberg is licensed under CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0

Next week's Nobel Prize announcements will celebrate a string of groundbreaking achievements, but with conflicts raging around the globe, experts solicited about possible Peace Prize winners are scratching their heads.

The Peace Prize will be announced in Oslo on October 6, the highlight of the week of announcements running from October 2-9.

With the war in Ukraine well into its second year, tensions flaring between superpowers and a slew of African coups in recent years, the global state of affairs is decidedly bleak, say experts.

In a reflection of the frictions, the Russian ambassador's invitation to the Nobel prize banquet in Stockholm in December was recently rescinded following angry protests.

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