Afghanistan in (1st draft) retrospect

It’s far, far too soon to write the history of the war in Afghanistan. In that regard, I’m reminded of the anecdote about the first meeting of Henry Kissinger and Zhou Enlai in the run-up to the historic Nixon visit to China. Dr Kissinger, knowing that Zhou Enlai was interested in history, is reputed toContinue reading “Afghanistan in (1st draft) retrospect”

The Trump Effect (5)

As I predicted late last month, President Trump did, indeed, chastise Canada and others for being “delinquent“ in meeting their (specifically NATO) defence burden-sharing promises. How he will punish the “delinquents” remains to be seen, but we might get a hint from how he is, currently, treating Japan. The Financial Times discusses the president’s transactionalContinue reading “The Trump Effect (5)”

Making Conservatism work

Andrew Coyne, writing in the Globe and Mail a few days ago, after covering ground that I have covered, over and over again, said that: “The first and most important step, then, is for Conservatives to develop some elemental self-confidence; to accept that they are in the persuasion game, and that the answer to electoralContinue reading “Making Conservatism work”

Where are we? (5)

I have been worrying about Canada’s sovereignty over the Arctic for some years now. Now I see a report by Levon Sevunts of RCI (Radio Canada International) which says that “2019 marked a busy shipping season in the Canadian Arctic with 27 ships making a full transit through the Northwest Passage, according to statistics releasedContinue reading “Where are we? (5)”

Some fallout from the UK election (3): Unity

Timothy Garton Ash,  who is Professor of European Studies at Oxford, Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford, and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, writing in the Guardian, lamenting that the ‘Remain’ forces have, finally, lost the Brexit battle, notes that “Under Johnson’s EU withdrawal deal, Northern Ireland willContinue reading “Some fallout from the UK election (3): Unity”