Warning

Professor Michael Beckley (Tufts University) sounds a warning in Foreign Affairs in an article titled "The United States Should Fear a Faltering China ~ Beijing’s Assertiveness Betrays Its Desperation." His thesis is both simple and compelling: China's seemingly inexorable rise is faltering; Although the numbers still look good by First World standards they may, in fact, … Continue reading Warning

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

Let’s have a defence policy debate

About a week ago the Toronto Sun opined, in an editorial, that "These past four years have seen a significant number of headlines that involve our defence priorities and the Canadian Armed Forces, yet politicians shy away from drawing any further attention to the issues ... [but] ... That ought to change. We need to have … Continue reading Let’s have a defence policy debate

I really don’t understand …

... what Xi Jinping and the small handful of men and women who surround him are thinking. I cannot make any strategic sense out of their handling of the Hong Kong situation. It seems to me, and I would be very grateful if someone would tell me why and how I am wrong, that a … Continue reading I really don’t understand …

What Canada needs

Just the other day I suggested that everyone, including Canada, will have to adapt to whatever happens in the United Kingdom over the next 100(-) days. John Ibbitson, writing in the Globe and Mail, picks up on that and puts some flesh on the bare bones of my concerns. "On Oct. 21, voters will choose … Continue reading What Canada needs

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”

Two issues

John Ibbitson, writing in the Globe and Mail, touches on a couple of issues that always concern me: restoring correct relations, including free(er) trade with China and immigration policy, and he revisits his thesis, in his recent book (with Darell Bricker), Empty Planet, which says that global populations are declining, even collapsing, in China's case. "Canada’s … Continue reading Two issues