Is the worst over?

European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde is a very smart person and, on Friday, according to a report by Reuters, she said that Europe "is “probably past” the worst of the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, but the recovery will be uneven ... [and] ... Speaking as fears of a second wave shook investors … Continue reading Is the worst over?

I wonder if anyone is listening

Michelle Carbert, writing in the Globe and Mail, says that "Canada’s top general [General Jonathan Vance, ⇐ the Chief of the Defence Staff] says Russia poses the most immediate military threat to this country and the international community today, while China represents a significant risk for cyber attacks ... [and, the point was echoed by … Continue reading I wonder if anyone is listening

Afghanistan in retrospect (3) (the Future?)

Following on from the other day, Dr Carter Malkasian writes, in Foreign Affairs, that in 2015 and 2016 the war in Afghanistan went from bad to worse for the US-supported Afghan government. That rejuvenated Taliban went from victory to victory, from strength to strength. Then, "When President Donald Trump took office in January 2017, the … Continue reading Afghanistan in retrospect (3) (the Future?)

So, here we are …

... not even ten days into the 2020s. A century ago the "roaring '20s" dawned with the realization that the Treaty Of Versailles (28 June 1919) was so deeply flawed that Henry Cabot Lodge, a great and astute American statesman, who had advocated for American participation, on the allied side, in the First World War … Continue reading So, here we are …

A year-end thought on a vital issue

Murray Brewster, writing for CBC News, reports that "Canada's new frigates are being designed with ballistic missile defence in mind, even though successive federal governments have avoided taking part in the U.S. program ... [but, he ads] ... When they slip into the water some time in the mid-to-late 2020s, the new warships probably won't … Continue reading A year-end thought on a vital issue

We need to get Canada up off its knees

Terry Glavin, writing in MacLean's magazine, says that "With Beijing’s most determined allies decisively crushed by a democratic alliance in Hong Kong’s district elections over the weekend, at least somebody’s putting up some kind of a fight against Xi Jinping’s increasingly savage aggression and belligerence. Because it certainly isn’t Canada." He reminds us, as I … Continue reading We need to get Canada up off its knees

Neat and cool and important, too

The digital newsletter Breaking Defense published this report, a few days ago, on 21 Nov: "Warships from several NATO allies tracked and knocked down ballistic missile targets from the sea for the first time sharing targeting information across a shared alliance network ... [that, alone, is significant; planners and engineers have been talking about this since the … Continue reading Neat and cool and important, too

Arrant bloody nonsense

I see, on the CP24 News website, that Canada's Defence Minister Harjot Sajjan said, at the Halifax International Security Forum, that "“We don't consider China as an adversary” ...[and he added] ... “We do have two Canadians that have been arbitrarily detained in China and we ask China for their expeditious release and that's extremely … Continue reading Arrant bloody nonsense

A policy dilemma

Matthew Fisher, writing for Global News, says that "Canadian foreign and security policy is sure to test the mettle of Global Affairs Canada, the Department of National Defence and the federal government during its new, more complicated minority mandate." Bingo! Mr Fisher says that the three "defining issues" are: "How Canada and its friends and … Continue reading A policy dilemma

Trump’s follies

Two former US diplomats, Professor Michael McFaul (← left) who was the United States Ambassador to Russia and, prior to that, Special Assistant to the President and senior director of Russian and Eurasian affairs on the National Security Council, and William J Burns (right →) who was also Ambassador to Russia and Deputy Secretary of State and is now president of the Carnegie … Continue reading Trump’s follies