Thank you, Captain Obvious

There was a big, mostly virtual, conference on security and defence issues in Ottawa last week. As is so often the case the keynote speaker was “Captain Obvious.” In fact, though, I was a bit surprised that the Trudeau regime allowed Deputy Minister of National Defence Jody Thomas, the person in DND who is responsibleContinue reading “Thank you, Captain Obvious”

A Biden Foreign Policy

There is an interesting, somewhat provocative, even hopeful article by Matthew Lee and Will Weissert of the Associated Press‘ Washington bureau which is published in the Globe and Mail; it says that “Should former Vice-President Joe Biden win the White House in November, America will likely be in for a foreign policy about-face as BidenContinue reading “A Biden Foreign Policy”

More from Kevin Rudd about China

Following on from yesterday … I have cited and discussed the views of former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who is pretty well known China watcher, on more than one occasion, because I believe he usually has something very useful to say. Mr Rudd begins a very worthwhile analysis in the Sydney Morning Herald withContinue reading “More from Kevin Rudd about China”

Trump’s follies

Two former US diplomats, Professor Michael McFaul (← left) who was the United States Ambassador to Russia and, prior to that, Special Assistant to the President and senior director of Russian and Eurasian affairs on the National Security Council, and William J Burns (right →) who was also Ambassador to Russia and Deputy Secretary of State and is now president of the CarnegieContinue reading “Trump’s follies”

Everyman’s Strategic Survey: Europe’s Dilemma

Carl Bildt is the former prime minister and foreign minister of Sweden, and co-chair of the European Council on Foreign Relations. He co-authored, with Mark Leonard, the recent report ‘From Plaything to Player: How Europe Can Stand Up for Itself in the Next Five Years.’ Just the other day he wrote a follow-up for theContinue reading “Everyman’s Strategic Survey: Europe’s Dilemma”

Everyman’s Strategic Survey: Words of wisdom

You can, and everyone with an interest in the global strategic situation and, especially, the evolving relationship between America and China should watch/listen to and read Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore’s, address to the 2019 Shangri-la Dialogue. It stands, in my considered opinion, as a truly expert strategic survey of the current global situationContinue reading “Everyman’s Strategic Survey: Words of wisdom”

Everyman’s Strategic Survey: China expands, again … this time into Italy

So, just a few months ago the budget battles between Italy and the EU were seen, by some observers, as being even more important for the future of Europe than was the Brexit. The headline in Bloomberg Businessweek shouted that “The EU Is More Worried About Italy Than Brexit ~ Brussels can handle losing London, butContinue reading “Everyman’s Strategic Survey: China expands, again … this time into Italy”

Everyman’s Strategic Survey (No 47, I think, but I may have lost count): Russia is a rogue, not a peer; China is a peer, not a rogue

James Dobbins, Howard J. Shatz, and Ali Wyne, writing for the RAND Organization, suggest, in a recent article, that “Russia Is a Rogue, Not a Peer … [and] … China Is a Peer, Not a Rogue.” That’s something I have been saying, less succinctly, for several years. “Great power competition has returned,” the authors say, “China andContinue reading “Everyman’s Strategic Survey (No 47, I think, but I may have lost count): Russia is a rogue, not a peer; China is a peer, not a rogue”

Everyman’s Strategic Survey: NOT Cold War 2.0

Further to my recent comments on Cold War 2.0 and on how to have (some) free(er) trade with Asia, including China, The Economist suggests that “The National Security Strategy released by President Donald Trump’s administration last year augured a major change in China-US relations. Where its predecessors lauded the merits of co-operation with the emergingContinue reading “Everyman’s Strategic Survey: NOT Cold War 2.0”

Everyman’s Strategic Survey (45): How China might evolve

Putting aside the potential very ill effects (for both sides) of the ongoing Sino-American trade war, Dr Hahm Chaibong, who is president of the Asan Institute for Policy Studies in Seoul, South Korea, and was, previously a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California, professor in the School of International RelationsContinue reading “Everyman’s Strategic Survey (45): How China might evolve”