Professor Monshipouri: Trump Administration's Withdrawal from Accords Demonstrates 'Declining U.S. Leadership'

Friday, June 05, 2020
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TEHRAN TIMES -- Mahmood Monshipouri, Ph.D., is a professor of International Relations at San Francisco State University and a lecturer at University of California, Berkeley. He wrote this opinion piece for the Tehran Times.

“Trump has ceaselessly harkened back to his outdated notions of building walls and imposing travel bans in pursuit of his populist policies at a time when the stakes have never been higher,” Monshipouri wrote. “All of this flies in the face of the clear lesson to be learned from the COVID-19 crisis that the virus knows no boundaries and that walls and borders cannot separate one nation’s public health and safety from those of others.

“Needless to say that a virus anywhere is potentially a virus everywhere in a world that has become increasingly globalized, hence the need for collaborative, multilateral governance.”