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?

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

Liberalism ‘has become obsolete.’ (Vladimir Putin, June 2019)

A team of Financial Times editors and reporters, Lionel Barber and Henry Foy in Moscow and Alex Barker in Osaka ... ... talked with Russian President Vladimir Putin last week. He is reported to have said that "“the liberal idea” had “outlived its purpose” as the public turned against immigration, open borders and multiculturalism ...[and] ... Mr Putin’s evisceration of liberalism — the dominant … Continue reading Liberalism ‘has become obsolete.’ (Vladimir Putin, June 2019)

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 …

We need adult leadership

Professor Michael Ignatieff is the former leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and, currently, is president and rector of the Central European University, in Budapest, Hungary. Previously Dr Ignatieff served as a professor at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He testified (via video-conference) at the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign … Continue reading We need adult leadership

Where is Europe headed?

While it is, nearly, impossible for one to contemplate what the next steps might be in the Brexit fiasco, the remainder of the European Union chugs along ... in a way. I see, in an article in the Express, that French President Emmanuel Marcon and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have, in a ceremony in the … Continue reading Where is Europe headed?

The Group of X (AKA the committee to save the world)

So, the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires has ended but, as Elizabeth Saunders reported in a piece that was published on the Brookings Institution's web page, it "was overshadowed by other news. But ... [she added] ... there wasn’t much to overshadow anyway." The problem, she explains, is that "Getting the world’s democracies to agree … Continue reading The Group of X (AKA the committee to save the world)

Problems, problems …

As Britain's exit route, if there is one, at all, from the European Union becomes more and more entangled with domestic political rocks and potholes, the French plan solidify the remnants of the EU faces renewed and stiffening challenges from the so-called New Hanseatic League about which I wrote last month. Now, I see in … Continue reading Problems, problems …

A G9 … or something?

Ivo H. Daalder, who is president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and who served as the US ambassador to NATO from 2009-2013, and James M. Lindsay, who is senior vice president, director of studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg chair at the Council on Foreign Relations, have written a provocative essay , headlined, 'The Committee to … Continue reading A G9 … or something?