Exactly back-asswards

I see, in a report in The Guardian, that former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown "has urged world leaders to create a temporary form of global government to tackle the twin medical and economic crises caused by the Covid-19 pandemic ... [and] ... The former Labour prime minister, who was at the centre of the international efforts … Continue reading Exactly back-asswards

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

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 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

The Trump Effect (5)

I've been wondering about the "Trump Effect" on the defence and fiscal priorities of America's allies for several years now, ever since he was elected, and even before. I had hoped that the Trump Effect might spur some Western laggards, like Canada and Germany and many other allies, to pick up a greater share of … Continue reading The Trump Effect (5)

The Trump Peace Plan

On the subject of the Trump Mideast Peace Plan, I agree with both The Economist which says, "as a blueprint for a two-state solution it was dead on arrival," and with the Globe and Mail's Mark MacKinnon who writes that "President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan ... aims to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict almost … Continue reading The Trump Peace Plan