A few weeks ago I commented on the long (2001 to 2014) Afghanistan campaign ... one hesitates to call it a war; the Canadian Forces were, pretty clearly, at war; Canada was, equally clearly, not. It was Canada's largest and most costly, in both blood and treasure, military operation since Korea (1950 to 1953) but … Continue reading Afghanistan in retrospect (2) (History)
It's far, far too soon to write the history of the war in Afghanistan. In that regard, I'm reminded of the anecdote about the first meeting of Henry Kissinger and Zhou Enlai in the run-up to the historic Nixon visit to China. Dr Kissinger, knowing that Zhou Enlai was interested in history, is reputed to … Continue reading Afghanistan in (1st draft) retrospect
There is a very interesting article on the United States Naval Institute (USNI) News website by John Grady, a veteran military and foreign affairs journalist, about changes to India's foreign policy. India's foreign policy has been complicated from the very beginning (1947) of its modern independence. India has (almost) always been a proud, more-or-less liberal … Continue reading Indian foreign policy: “alliances are burdensome”
Two items in the Globe and Mail caught my eye: First, Adam Tooze, a professor of history, and director of the European Institute, at Columbia University writes that "Mr. Trump’s trade policy is a strange mélange. It represents not one single coherent response to globalization, but a series of reactions superimposed one on top of the … Continue reading Will the (possible) US-China trade deal be bad for Canada?
As I have been saying over the past few days and weeks ... and months, the global strategic situation is changing, as it always does. In the last 500 years we have watched the decline Spain, then the rise and fall of the Netherlands, France, Britain, Japan, Germany and the Soviet Union and the rise … Continue reading The world is changing … Canada must change, too
... as someone a bit sharper than I put it, this is terrifying! The South China Morning Post reported, a few days ago, that "Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan called for talks with India and warned of miscalculations that could lead to nuclear war in a national television address on Wednesday, hours after his nation’s … Continue reading The current political crises in Ottawa and Washington are fascinating, but …