With the start of president Trumpâ€™s administration, have we entered a new era of sharp nationalism, especially as it appears many politicians in other countries are attempting to follow after Mr. Trumpâ€™s extremely bold and no nonsense style of campaigning and leadership. Some people see Mr. Trumpâ€™s style as being nationalistic, especially as he says he believes in an America first political and economic formation. I believe most people are nationalistic and indeed want the interest of their country to come first. I don't see anything wrong with Mr. Trumpâ€™s America first. What should he want? America, last or second? What I believe is different is that Mr. Trump is taking a macho man approach to achieving his objectives for his country. He was elected because he campaigned on this platform. Therefore this is probably what America wants at this time, a strong leader. Until now, the Western world had resisted the trend of strong man politics. Barack Obama, Angela Merkel, Francois Hollande and David Cameron have been typically seen as proponents of multilateralism and globalization that looked for how countries could pursue big global agendas. However, contrast these leaders with President Donald Trump who has been brash, self-confident and not unwilling to offend if necessary. Already, Russiaâ€™s Vladimir Putin is a recognized strong man who took back political power from Dmitry Medvedev who was seen as docile. And so the worldâ€™s leaders appear to be lining up as great new sharp nationalists. Some of these leaders include Brexit advocate Boris Johnson who is now UK foreign secretary, Nigel Farage of the U.K. Independence Party, Marine Le Pen. In addition, we have strong nationalist parties in Sweden, the Netherlands, Austria and others, including Turkey, Egypt, Russia and China which now all seem to have autocratic, and nationalistic types of government. I believe that Nigeria as developing country has to come up with an economic profile that makes it attractive and strong. Attractive because it must look like a worthy trading partner that offers what other countries need regardless of how sharp their nationalism is. And then strong, because it should not be seen as dependent and ready to look for financial aid. This is where a foreign policy based on economic diplomacy is necessary. In this, Nigeria and other African countries will look to produce goods and services that citizens of other countries need and will buy. It seems useful, and perhaps more than ever before for African countries to improve on their governance structures and cut waste with a view to transforming their economies with better infrastructure that can promote intraAfrican trade. Economic strength in Nigeria and across Africa is what will enable Nigeria and Africa to do business boldly with the world. The world is changing. Perhaps what a country needs after all is not just strong institutions, but also a strong leader. I am Magnus Kpakol and that's my view.
Posted: Mar 2nd, 2017 @ 01:55:13 AM