Congratulations …

… to President Joe Biden and to Vice President Kamala Harris on their formal inauguration: I, like, I hope, the overwhelming majority of Canadians and billions of people around the world wish you and America well. Congratulations, also, to all those ~ officials, police officers and soldiers ~ who ensued that the “peaceful handover of …

And he’s gone …

Four years ago, today, commenting, in part on the inauguration of Donald J Trump, I said that this … … pretty much reflected the reality in our world. Well, some things change. It’s too soon to sing “Ding dong, the witch is dead,” but, at least, Donald J Trump has left the White House: Sadly, …

I don’t know what to say

I am dismayed, shocked, horrified … what words can I use to describe what is going on in the USA? A gang of thugs has invaded and vandalized the capitol of one of the world’s greatest democracies. Rest assured that Kim Jong-un, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping have never ben happier. Chinese and Russian and …

I’m sceptical, too

The Economist, in an article by Lexington, it’s United States correspondent, says that “Appalling as it has has been to witness an American president try to steal an election, Donald Trump’s efforts have amounted to less than the best-informed prognosticators feared … [but] … It has also illustrated – yet again – Mr Trump’s iron grip …

Cold War 2.0 (Biden)

Like it or not we have Cold War 2.0 and few things will matter more in the fist half of the 2020s than how President-elect Joe Biden manages the US-led West’s relationship with (against) China. The Economist, in its recent “lead” article says that “The achievement of the Trump administration was to recognise the authoritarian threat …

America’s strategic challenge in the 2020s

Winnefield Professor Graham Allison of Harvard, former CIA Deputy Director Michael J Morrell and retired Admiral James A Winnefield, a former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a former Commander of NORAD (which means he knows Canada’s defence situation), have written a very thoughtful analysis of America’s strategic situation in Foreign Affairs …

Biden’s world in 2021

Following on from yesterday’s discussion of what a Biden foreign policy might mean for Canada, I see, in The Economist, a very useful forecast signed* by Zanny Minton Beddoes, the Editor-in-chief of that journal that looks at the forces that might shape the post-COVID-19 and post-Trump world. She says that “Some years loom large in …

Biden’s new world order?

As we get ready for what I assume will be an orderly transition, in January, to a Biden administration, assuming, as I do, that all the court challenges will have failed, it is instructive to look back to the Spring of this year when President-elect Biden wrote an essay for Foreign Affairs in which he …

Left and Right are Irrelevant

I intend to write a bit more, over the next few days and weeks, about what has happened and what might happen and what needs to happen in America, from a Canadian perspective. I have said many times that while Canada needs to broaden its socio-economic (political and trading) base to be be less reliant …

2024 in Republican America

First, let me say that despite a few undeniably good things that he did, I will be very happy to see the end of Donald J Trump. Second, I have suggested, about a year ago, that former Ambassador and Governor Nikki Haley is running hard to be the Republican candidate for President in 2024. My …