The Trump Effect (5)

Mark MacKinnon, the Globe and Mail's senior international corespondent, says, in a recent article in that newspaper, that "No matter what happens on U.S. election day, no one will ever say that Donald Trump did not leave his mark on the world during his time as President of the United States." I had hoped that … Continue reading The Trump Effect (5)

Good news!

After two years the Chinese government has, finally, allowed consular access to the "Two Michaels," as international conventions and good diplomatic manners require. A report in the Globe and Mail says that "Dominic Barton, ambassador to China, met over the internet with businessman Michael Spavor on Friday and [Michael] Kovrig, a former diplomat, on Saturday. … Continue reading Good news!

Where are we? (5)

Matthew Fisher, who is one of Canada's (too few) journalists who writes with knowledge in insight on Defence and Foreign Policy matters, says, in an opinion piece for Global News, that "Western countries with an interest in the Far North, such as Canada, Denmark (Greenland), Norway, the United Kingdom, France and the United States, were … Continue reading Where are we? (5)

Warming up Cold War 2.0

The New York Times News Service, in a report published in the Globe and Mail, reports that "The Trump administration is pushing the sale of seven large packages of weapons to Taiwan, including long-range missiles that would allow Taiwanese jets to hit distant Chinese targets in the event of a conflict, say officials familiar with … Continue reading Warming up Cold War 2.0

A timely warning

The generally non-partisan Macdonald-Laurier Institute has published a new report, authored by retired CBC journalist Terry Milewski, who has tracked pro-Khalistan/Sikh separatist groups for decades, which says that Pakistan is the driving force behind the Khalistan (Sikh) separatist movement which seems to have many (too man) supporters in Canada. Mr Milewski notes that considerable pressure … Continue reading A timely warning

Cold War 2.0: Stepping up the pressure

I see, in an article in the Hong Kong Press Press, that the US is stepping up the pressure on Beijing by reasserting its security guarantees to Taiwan. Now, I need to make my (longstanding) position clear. Taiwan is part of China. It is Chinese by geography, by ethnicity and by political will. But the … Continue reading Cold War 2.0: Stepping up the pressure

Preparing for Cold War 2.0

Nadia Schadlow, who is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute and, most recently, was U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy, has penned a useful article in Foreign Affairs in which she says that "No matter who is U.S. president come January, American policymakers will need to adopt new ideas about the country’s role in the … Continue reading Preparing for Cold War 2.0

And I disagree, again

So, yesterday, I said I disagreed with the Globe and Mail's John Ibbitson about how much we should "welcome" a Biden-Harris administration in Washington. He was right to point out that, in general, Canada fares better when Republicans (Eisenhower, Reagan, Bush) are in the White House rather than Democrats (Kennedy, Johnson, Carter, Obama). Donald J … Continue reading And I disagree, again

There’s not much choice

"In just a few short months, the U.S.-Chinese relationship seems to have returned to an earlier, more primal age." former Australian prime minister and noted China watcher-scholar Kevin Rudd (who I have cited, more than once, before) writes in a thought-provoking article in Foreign Affairs. "In China, Mao Zedong is once again celebrated for having … Continue reading There’s not much choice

Pushing the boundaries

I see in an article in The Economist that Russia is, once again, pushing the boundaries of internationally acceptable strategic conduct. The issue is that on 25 November 2019 Russia launched a satellite, Kosmos 2542. Then "Eleven days after its launch it disgorged another satellite, labelled Kosmos 2543 ... [and, later] ...  On July 15th, … Continue reading Pushing the boundaries