Will the (possible) US-China trade deal be bad for Canada?

Two items in the Globe and Mail caught my eye: First, Adam Tooze, a professor of history, and director of the European Institute, at Columbia University writes that "Mr. Trump’s trade policy is a strange mélange. It represents not one single coherent response to globalization, but a series of reactions superimposed one on top of the … Continue reading Will the (possible) US-China trade deal be bad for Canada?

The world is changing … Canada must change, too

As I have been saying over the past few days and weeks ... and months, the global strategic situation is changing, as it always does. In the last 500 years we have watched the decline Spain, then the rise and fall of the Netherlands, France, Britain, Japan, Germany and the Soviet Union and the rise … Continue reading The world is changing … Canada must change, too

Just a thought (5): What happens next in the Middle East?

This is the fifth of five of my 'thoughts' on diverse strategic issues in the first 10 days of 2019. Well, one was related to the state of democracy in Canada, that's not exactly a matter of great strategic import but it should be of concern to some of us. Look at these maps, please: … Continue reading Just a thought (5): What happens next in the Middle East?

Grand strategy: A new approach to Russia?

Dr. Emma Ashford, of the (generally conservative) Cato Institute, proposes that we, in the US led West, should reconsider what she calls our "reflexive hostility" towards Russia. Her remarks are addressed, in the main, towards US leaders but, of course, many in the chattering classes, which includes me, to be sure, are equally prone to take  … Continue reading Grand strategy: A new approach to Russia?

Water wars (4)

The most obvious place for water wars to break out is the Middle East which is, already, the home of most of the world's desalinization plants. Israel is, sill, the world's leader in the technology and it has the world's biggest, most effective and cheapest desalinization plants. Other oil rich Middle eastern states have built … Continue reading Water wars (4)

Regarding Israel

Two items caught my eye in the news this past week: First, the Globe and Mail reports that "In a striking rupture with past practice, the United States allowed the U.N. Security Council on Friday to condemn Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem as a “flagrant violation” of international law. In doing … Continue reading Regarding Israel

One perspective …

Here, reproduced from a Middle Eastern journal by Ian Bremmer of the Eurasia Group, is one perspective on the ongoing situation in Africa, the Middle east at West Asia and it's impact on the US led West: we dump bombs on them and they dump people on us ... ... this is related to a … Continue reading One perspective …