International relations are incredibly complex and therefore difficult to understand.
For one of a just-short-of-infinite list of examples of poor relations between countries, let’s look at the United States and its current tariffs and near-embargoes – such hefty tariffs on the hundreds of goods the Donald Trump administration has levied against their Far Eastern counterparts effectively form market conditions between the two nations that are comparable to embargoes, defined as complete bans on trade – against China and its many businesses.
Early in 2018, the U.S. levied taxes on imports of solar panels and washing machines hailing from China to the tune of 25 percent. United States President Donald Trump did so because he sought to punish China, its economy, and its constituency of businesses and corporations by making it difficult for them to profit off of sales in the United States – the country with the greatest economy in the contemporary world.
Some people understand the societal and governmental aspects of international relations more deeply than others
Professor Kamil Idris is one of those people who truly understand that tariffs don’t help the inhabitants of a city, state, or nation. In the United States, for example, prices on highly-taxed goods that the country’s consumers were largely sourcing from Chinese vendors will soon increase because US-based companies will have to produce for themselves, effectively raising prices for residents of the country.
Mr. Idris knows the ins and outs of global relations because he’s been deeply involved in economic activity between countries for most of his working life. He led the World Intellectual Property Organization for just short of a decade for roughly five years before and after the turn of the millennium. Professor Kamil Idris was also the chief administrator – known as the Secretary-General within the organization – of the Union for the Protection of Plant Varieties, yet another organization that interacts with entities, people, and governments around the world that seeks to be civic-minded.
Trump doesn’t seem to be willing to adopt a line of thinking that aligns with the interests of the world – perhaps Professor Idris can help.