The Gretzky version

Professor Peter Harris (University of Colorado) suggests, in an article in Business Insider, that President-elect Biden will find it difficult, likely impossible to achieve anything like bipartisan support for his foreign policy. Even many Democrats, Professor Harris, says will not accept Biden’s views. Instead, he argues, President-elect Biden should borrow “from Wayne Gretzky, he shouldContinue reading “The Gretzky version”

Those fabulous fifties?

Anyone else remember the 1950s? Norman Spector, a former federal and provincial public servant, who served at the very highest levels of government, diplomat (Ambassador to Israel), corporate “communications” (public relations) guru and author, remembers: And so do I. But I don’t just remember high school dances and young love, because the 1950s were aContinue reading “Those fabulous fifties?”

And I disagree, again

So, yesterday, I said I disagreed with the Globe and Mail‘s John Ibbitson about how much we should “welcome” a Biden-Harris administration in Washington. He was right to point out that, in general, Canada fares better when Republicans (Eisenhower, Reagan, Bush) are in the White House rather than Democrats (Kennedy, Johnson, Carter, Obama). Donald JContinue reading “And I disagree, again”

Exactly back-asswards

I see, in a report in The Guardian, that former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown “has urged world leaders to create a temporary form of global government to tackle the twin medical and economic crises caused by the Covid-19 pandemic … [and] … The former Labour prime minister, who was at the centre of the international effortsContinue reading “Exactly back-asswards”

In search of moderate pragmatism ~ are the elites the answer?

I remember back in the early 1950s, when we lived on a small farm in British Columbia, in what is now a major suburb in Greater Vancouver, that we bought a TV set. It was a big deal back then. I think we got two channels: one, CBC no doubt, from Vancouver and another fromContinue reading “In search of moderate pragmatism ~ are the elites the answer?”

The brain dead alliances

“French president Emmanuel Macron has,” an article in the Financial Post says, “opened a rift with Germany and other Nato allies weeks ahead of a vital summit after he warned that the transatlantic security alliance was suffering “brain death”. German chancellor Angela Merkel rejected Mr Macron’s “sweeping blow” against the alliance, in which he stronglyContinue reading “The brain dead alliances”

Middle power?

Professor Roland Paris, of the University of Ottawa, who was formerly the foreign policy advisor to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and who has written a lot about Canada in the world, was interviewed, recently, on Australia’s ABC Radio. It’s a nearly one-hour-long piece, Professor Paris is on for about 10 minutes, at the beginning, andContinue reading “Middle power?”

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 andContinue reading “Cold War 2.0 (2)”

Will President Trump provoke a descent back into hell?

Robert Kagan, the realist, or as he prefers to call himself, the liberal-interventionist historian, who is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, has written a rather frightening essay in Foreign Affairs which is headlined: “The New German Question ~ What Happens When Europe Comes Apart?“ Dr Kagan reminds us that “The German question produced theContinue reading “Will President Trump provoke a descent back into hell?”

The American Empire

Two things caught my eye the other day. First was this post on social media from the respected American diplomat and commentator Richard Haas: My ‘world’ was, mostly, defined by those decades when US policy was, I thought, defined by the Truman Doctrine which endured, albeit often largely ignored, from the late 1940s until, IContinue reading “The American Empire”