Not so fast

The cover of the current edition of Foreign Affairs says it all: America, many pundits, including many in America, Britain and Canada, say is in irreversible decline. The impact of Donald J Trump, they say, is greater than the fabled US Constitution and almost 250 years of history can overcome. America is doomed to declineContinue reading “Not so fast”

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”

I’m sceptical, too

The Economist, in an article by Lexington, it’s United States correspondent, says that “Appalling as it has has been to witness an American president try to steal an election, Donald Trump’s efforts have amounted to less than the best-informed prognosticators feared … [but] … It has also illustrated – yet again – Mr Trump’s iron gripContinue reading “I’m sceptical, too”

Biden’s world in 2021

Following on from yesterday’s discussion of what a Biden foreign policy might mean for Canada, I see, in The Economist, a very useful forecast signed* by Zanny Minton Beddoes, the Editor-in-chief of that journal that looks at the forces that might shape the post-COVID-19 and post-Trump world. She says that “Some years loom large inContinue reading “Biden’s world in 2021”

Left and Right are Irrelevant

I intend to write a bit more, over the next few days and weeks, about what has happened and what might happen and what needs to happen in America, from a Canadian perspective. I have said many times that while Canada needs to broaden its socio-economic (political and trading) base to be be less reliantContinue reading “Left and Right are Irrelevant”

2024 in Republican America

First, let me say that despite a few undeniably good things that he did, I will be very happy to see the end of Donald J Trump. Second, I have suggested, about a year ago, that former Ambassador and Governor Nikki Haley is running hard to be the Republican candidate for President in 2024. MyContinue reading “2024 in Republican America”

The Trump Effect (5)

Mark MacKinnon, the Globe and Mail‘s senior international corespondent, says, in a recent article in that newspaper, that “No matter what happens on U.S. election day, no one will ever say that Donald Trump did not leave his mark on the world during his time as President of the United States.“ I had hoped thatContinue reading “The Trump Effect (5)”

A strategy of resilience

Professor Ganesh Sitaraman (Vanderbilt University) is a moderate progressive Democrat in US terms. He has been a policy advisor to Senator Elizabeth Warren ~ he is well to the right of Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and, probably, very slightly to the left of Joe Biden. He has written a provocative article in Foreign AffairsContinue reading “A strategy of resilience”

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”

Not so fast

The Economist, looking forward to the US November elections, says “Four months ago, Donald Trump’s odds of winning a second term had never looked better. After an easy acquittal in his impeachment trial, his approval rating had reached its highest level in three years, and was approaching the upper-40s range that delivered re-election to George W.Continue reading “Not so fast”