In order to survive in the anarchic international system, you need alliances and possibly, the “godfather”. Or else, how will you describe the unfortunate happenings around the leadership of World Trade Organisation (WTO)? It reminds me of World alliances – a vital tool of statecraft and in international politics.
Right from the World War I and World War II, even during the Cold War, the United States of America and China have consistently prosecuted their foreign policies – economic, political or strategic interests from opposing camps and in alliance with allies.
Now, America is more at home with South Korea – remember the Korean War by Max Hastings? Remember the role of China and Russia in that war and the eventual division of South and North Korea where China and Russia battled America to standstill?
And so, it is safe to say America has a strategic economic and military alliance in Asia and Korea peninsular than it is with Nigeria in Africa and West Africa. Therefore, it would naturally support a South Korean.
Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who is also a U.S. citizen, is running against America’s interest – South Korea’s first female trade minister, Yoo Myung-hee, has the support of America.
She’s qualified for the job. She won the consensus but it seems to me that she lacks the support of the “godfather” to lead the World trade and also determine the future of America’s economy.