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

The “unipolar moment,” “gratification without commitment” and the end of an “empire of ideas.”

A few weeks ago, Fareed Zakaria, writing in Foreign Affairs, said "Sometime in the last two years, American hegemony died. The age of U.S. dominance was a brief, heady era, about three decades marked by two moments, each a breakdown of sorts. It was born amid the collapse of the Berlin Wall, in 1989. The end, … Continue reading The “unipolar moment,” “gratification without commitment” and the end of an “empire of ideas.”

Trudeau’s foreign policy failure … and another prescription for saving the liberal order

The Globe and Mail's award-winning international affairs correspondent Doug Saunders, someone with whom I (almost equally) often disagree and agree, has penned an insightful piece in the Good Grey Globe in which he says that "Suddenly, Canada finds itself almost alone in the world, with a Liberal government realizing that its optimistic foreign policy no … Continue reading Trudeau’s foreign policy failure … and another prescription for saving the liberal order

Searching for a role in a Cold War 2.0 world

This follows my posts from a few days ago about Cold War 2.0 and a possible role for the small and medium powers. Eugene Lang, a long-time Liberal insider and, currently, a fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute (CGAI) and an adjunct professor in the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University, has written a timely … Continue reading Searching for a role in a Cold War 2.0 world

Cold War 2.0 (2)

A few days ago I quoted Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore who, in his opening address to the Shangri-la 2019 Dialogue,* which is (self) described by the International Institute of Strategic Studies as “Asia's premier defence summit … [which] … has built confidence and fostered practical security cooperation, by facilitating easy communication and … Continue reading Cold War 2.0 (2)

A provocative take on conservatism

Daniel McCarthy, the editor of Modern Age, which self describes as 'A conservative review,' has written a lengthy article for First Things,  a journal which (again) self describes as 'America's most influential journal of religion and public life.' The article is (somewhat pretentiously) headlined "A New Conservative Agenda: A governing philosophy for the twenty-first century." Now, … Continue reading A provocative take on conservatism