This time is different*

Michael J Mazarr, who is a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation and who was a professor and associate dean of academics at the U.S. National War College, and also was a special assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, near the very top of the Pentagon, has written a short … Continue reading This time is different*

Is the future of the liberal world order conservative?

A week or so ago I wrote about an excellent article by Dr Richard Haass which explained how the liberal world order might end and why, if we want to avoid a Chinese dominated world order, which I suggest is not in our best interests, then the US led West must restore itself. Now, in Foreign … Continue reading Is the future of the liberal world order conservative?

Future wars (12): “Modern victory is won and lost in the information space, not on the physical battlefield”

The Economist runs a series called 'Open Future' which they describe as "A global conversation on the role of markets, technology and freedom in the 21st century." Recently they featured a book excerpt by Sean McFate, a former American Army officer, and mercenary (private military contractor) and now a scholar (at the National Defense University … Continue reading Future wars (12): “Modern victory is won and lost in the information space, not on the physical battlefield”

Whose fault is it, anyway?

Dr John Higginbotham, who was a senior Canadian diplomat whose career included several tours in China and a stint as a very senior official (Assistant Deputy Minister for Policy Development) in the foreign affairs department has weighed in, in an opinion piece in the Globe and Mail,  on John McCallum's problems in Canada and China. … Continue reading Whose fault is it, anyway?

How to mend relations with China

This is the first of two posts about China and the ongoing Sino-American trade war and the dilemma this has created for Canada. This deals, mainly, with the Sino-Canadian imbroglio. The second, dealing with the Sino-American trade war, follows, tomorrow. It is rather sad to say that most of the US led, liberal-democratic, Western world … Continue reading How to mend relations with China

It’s past time to think, seriously, about missile defence

I see that US President Donals J Trump has announced an ambitious, new, global missile defence system ... maybe. What President Trump said ~ he wants a system that can deal with any missile, "anywhere, any time, anyplace" ~ differs from what Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said ~ 20 new interceptors, making the F-35 Lightening … Continue reading It’s past time to think, seriously, about missile defence

Just a thought (2): Can America be restored?

The question in the title assumes, of course, that, like me, readers might believe that America has, somehow, fallen or been displaced and needs restoration ... some readers, some of whom are my friends, I presume, actually think that America is being restored, to greatness, right now, under President Donald Trump. Some of us beg … Continue reading Just a thought (2): Can America be restored?