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”

Is the F-35 a 6th generation fighter?

There are a lot of definitions of jet fighter "generations." I think that one of the most commonly accepted was published by the semi-official Air Force Magazine in 2009. It defines the generations as: 1st Generation ~ Jet propulsion: e.g. the F-80 Shooting Star and the German Me 262; 2nd Generation ~ Swept wings; range radar; infrared missiles: e.g. … Continue reading Is the F-35 a 6th generation fighter?

Saving the liberal world order: what middle powers might be able to do …

I said, yesterday, that Canada should be doing what it can, hopefully even playing a leading role in restraining Cold War 2.0, which is both unnecessary and, in my opinion, ill-conceived. Professor Roland Paris, of the University of Ottawa, a political scientist and former foreign policy advisor to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has written a … Continue reading Saving the liberal world order: what middle powers might be able to do …

A good, strategic move, and more on foreign policy from Andrew Scheer

I see that the Toronto Star is at least mildly outraged in a story, datelined Monday, 6 May 19, which said that "Andrew Scheer will announce tomorrow  .. [yesterday, now] ... that a Conservative government would start talks with the Trump administration to join the U.S. continental missile defence program ... [this is only mildly controversial … Continue reading A good, strategic move, and more on foreign policy from Andrew Scheer

Nationalism, populism and the Israeli election

The Economist takes a look at Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin (Bibi) Netanyahu, sometimes, the article says, described by "the ultimate accolade—melekh yisrael, “King of Israel”." The portrait is important because "He is his country’s second-longest-serving prime minister and, if he wins his fifth election on April 9th ... [today] ... may beat the record of … Continue reading Nationalism, populism and the Israeli election

Building a better nationalism

Professor Yael (Yuli) Tamir is the President of Shenkar College in Israel and an adjunct professor at the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford. She is the author of the sixth in a series of articles in Foreign Affairs that deal with nationalism. (The fifth deals with the biological foundation of the "tribal mind" and explores … Continue reading Building a better nationalism

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?