Sunday, May 22, 2016

Putin Has Made Strong Leadership a 'Trend' Across the Globe

The Donald Trump phenomenon is nothing but a part of the global tendency that started to form in 2012 when Vladimir Putin was elected President of Russia for a third term, according to a US journalist Gideon Rachman.

Since Putin's election, international policy has seen a return of strong and powerful leaders such as Xi Jinping, Erdogan and Orban, the columnist noted in his piece for The Financial Times.
Although many fail to take Trump seriously, his rise is simply a consequence of a global tendency following Putin, Rachman believes.

He predicts that future historians will agree that 2012 was a crucial year, marked with Putin's return to power in May. Shortly after, Xi Jinping became the General Secretary of the Communist Party in China, and these two leaders made sharp turns toward a brand new style of leadership prompting popularization of the personality cult.

The trend may have started in Russia and China but it soon spread all over the world. In 2013, the Muslim Brotherhood was overthrown in Egypt and replaced with Army Chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, another strong man.
The next year Recep Tayyip Erdogan was elected president of Turkey. Erdogan reinforced the president's power, pushing aside the country's other top politicians.

Rachman also mentioned the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, who during the election campaign demonstrated his power and vowed to stop inaction in India's politics, and Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who also displayed a dominant approach.

"And then there is Mr Trump," the article reads. "Mr Trump — who looks certain to secure the Republican presidential nomination — exhibits many of the characteristics of the current crop of strongman leaders, including Messrs Putin, Xi, Erdogan, Sisi, Modi, Orban and Duterte."

Rachman believes that the politicians on his list win by promising a revival of the nation while at the same time demonstrating straightforwardness and the power of their personalities.

Thus, Trump and Putin "have formed something of a mutual admiration society", based on "a shared style and swagger, rather than underlying principle", the columnist wrote. And that principle, he warned, may not let close relationships last long.

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