Indian foreign policy: “alliances are burdensome”

There is a very interesting article on the United States Naval Institute (USNI) News website by John Grady, a veteran military and foreign affairs journalist, about changes to India's foreign policy. India's foreign policy has been complicated from the very beginning (1947) of its modern independence. India has (almost) always been a proud, more-or-less liberal … Continue reading Indian foreign policy: “alliances are burdensome”

Canada and China

Two items in the Globe and Mail caught my eye just the other day: First, Campbell Clark says that "Dominic Barton is the catch that Justin Trudeau wanted to get last time. Now he’s going to China after times have changed ... [because] ... Two Canadians are in Chinese jails, and Beijing’s official mouthpieces regularly fire derisive … Continue reading Canada and China

“Mad Dog” speaks; Canada should listen

It is no secret that I am an admirer of retired US Marine Corps General and former US Secretary of Defense James "Mad Dog" Mattis; in fact, back in April of 2016 I hoped that he would run for president of the USA to spare America from having to choose between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton … Continue reading “Mad Dog” speaks; Canada should listen

A lesson to be relearned, again

There is an interesting opinion piece in the United States Naval Institute's Blog by someone posting under the pseudonym of CDR Salamander.* The issue, as reported by the Associated Press, is that "Britain announced plans Monday to develop and deploy a Europe-led “maritime protection mission” to safeguard shipping in the vital Strait of Hormuz in … Continue reading A lesson to be relearned, again

Middle power?

Professor Roland Paris, of the University of Ottawa, who was formerly the foreign policy advisor to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and who has written a lot about Canada in the world, was interviewed, recently, on Australia's ABC Radio. It's a nearly one-hour-long piece, Professor Paris is on for about 10 minutes, at the beginning, and … Continue reading Middle power?

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”

Two issues

John Ibbitson, writing in the Globe and Mail, touches on a couple of issues that always concern me: restoring correct relations, including free(er) trade with China and immigration policy, and he revisits his thesis, in his recent book (with Darell Bricker), Empty Planet, which says that global populations are declining, even collapsing, in China's case. "Canada’s … Continue reading Two issues