War in the “grey zone”

I said, about 18 months ago, that "Western leaders like Presidents Marcon and Trump, Chancellor Merkel and Prime Ministers Abe, May, Rutte, Trudeau, Turnbull all see “war” as a binary choice ~ you’re either fighting or you’re not, while Putin and Xi see it as spectrum wherein actual armed conflict is only one of many, … Continue reading War in the “grey zone”

The “unipolar moment,” “gratification without commitment” and the end of an “empire of ideas.”

A few weeks ago, Fareed Zakaria, writing in Foreign Affairs, said "Sometime in the last two years, American hegemony died. The age of U.S. dominance was a brief, heady era, about three decades marked by two moments, each a breakdown of sorts. It was born amid the collapse of the Berlin Wall, in 1989. The end, … Continue reading The “unipolar moment,” “gratification without commitment” and the end of an “empire of ideas.”

The world is changing … Canada must change, too

As I have been saying over the past few days and weeks ... and months, the global strategic situation is changing, as it always does. In the last 500 years we have watched the decline Spain, then the rise and fall of the Netherlands, France, Britain, Japan, Germany and the Soviet Union and the rise … Continue reading The world is changing … Canada must change, too

A G9 … or something?

Ivo H. Daalder, who is president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and who served as the US ambassador to NATO from 2009-2013, and James M. Lindsay, who is senior vice president, director of studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg chair at the Council on Foreign Relations, have written a provocative essay , headlined, 'The Committee to … Continue reading A G9 … or something?

If it gets better

In a private message a friend, a retired soldier and current academic, described a recent counter-terrorism conference he attended; one of the speakers (Chatham House rules so no names) gave a very optimistic presentation; that speaker was followed by a mutual acquaintance, a very senior person with good contacts in the upper levels of several … Continue reading If it gets better

So, we are the enemy?

Laura Dawson, a Canadian academic, who is director of the Canada Institute at the Wilson Center in Washington, has written a thoughtful opinion piece for the Globe and Mail. As befits someone who has a deep and thorough interest in trade and commerce she focuses on the trade aspects of the current Canada~USA imbroglio. "But," she … Continue reading So, we are the enemy?

Returning to a need for change

I'm going to return to a subject that has been on my mind for the last couple of years: the fate or future of the "international liberal order" in the age of Donald Trump, Xi Jinping and Justin Trudeau. I am going to quote from an article in Foreign Affairs by Rebecca Friedman Lissner and Mira Rapp-Hooper. They … Continue reading Returning to a need for change