The return of the nation

Gideon Rachman, writing in the Financial Times, says that despite the popularity of the idea of a borderless world, which became near gospel about 30 years ago, "borders are now returning with a vengeance," and their return, he says, is being driven by the frightening spread of the COVID- 19 corona-virus. "When the pandemic passes, … Continue reading The return of the nation

More on the impact of the pandemic

Sticking with the subject of the COVID-19 pandemic and the future of our (shaky) liberal, global socio-economic 'order,' I saw this article in Foreign Affairs, by Professors Henry Farrell and Abraham Newman of George Washington University, in which they say that "The new coronavirus is shaping up to be an enormous stress test for globalization … Continue reading More on the impact of the pandemic

Will China seize the day?

Dr Kurt M. Campbell, who was, amongst many other things, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs in the Obama administration where he was widely credited as being the architect of the “pivot to Asia,” and Dr Rush Doshi, who is the director China Strategy Initiative at the Brookings Institution, argue, in … Continue reading Will China seize the day?

A fundamental shift?

Professor Branko Milanović, formerly lead economist in the World Bank Research Department, writes, in Foreign Affairs, that "As of March 2020, the entire world is affected by an evil with which it is incapable of dealing effectively and regarding whose duration no one can make any serious predictions. The economic repercussions of the novel coronavirus … Continue reading A fundamental shift?

Another “exactly right” notion

David Staples, an award-winning journalist, writing about a week ago in the Edmonton Journal, got it exactly right. After noting, correctly, that "There are a good number of sober, sensible actions that will change the world from a smoggy and smoky place into a clean and prosperous home for us all ... [but] ... Lashing out … Continue reading Another “exactly right” notion

A couple of useful ideas

Robyn Urback, writing in the Globe and Mail, says that "Earlier this week, when he was asked about his country’s systematic persecution of its Muslim minorities, China’s ambassador to Canada told a room full of security experts in Ottawa a brazen lie ... [he said that] ... “There’s nothing like concentration camps in China or particularly … Continue reading A couple of useful ideas

I wonder if anyone is listening

Michelle Carbert, writing in the Globe and Mail, says that "Canada’s top general [General Jonathan Vance, ⇐ the Chief of the Defence Staff] says Russia poses the most immediate military threat to this country and the international community today, while China represents a significant risk for cyber attacks ... [and, the point was echoed by … Continue reading I wonder if anyone is listening