A recipe for populism

I am going to deal, for a few days, with the threats that I see facing liberalism and liberal democracy and, consequently, facing Canada, too. The celebrated Scots-American author and historian Niall Ferguson, speaking in 2016, BEFORE Donald Trump was elected and when most people still believed that Hillary Clinton would be the next US … Continue reading A recipe for populism

The Trump Party

Professor Brian Klaas, who is at University Colege London and also moonlights as a columnist for the Washington Post, which no doubt makes him suspect in the eyes of some Neandercons, posted this on social media: It's not a new idea. I commented on something Stephen Harper said about this about 10 months ago: "Trump’s “America … Continue reading The Trump Party

Power Projection

I have argued, in the past, that the strategic role of power projection is one at which navies excel and, some would argue, it is one that only a navy can do well. Navies can prowl the oceans and remain 'on station' near a potential troublespot or a strategic 'choke point' for protracted periods, and … Continue reading Power Projection

Will President Trump provoke a descent back into hell?

Robert Kagan, the realist, or as he prefers to call himself, the liberal-interventionist historian, who is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, has written a rather frightening essay in Foreign Affairs which is headlined: "The New German Question ~ What Happens When Europe Comes Apart?" Dr Kagan reminds us that "The German question produced the … Continue reading Will President Trump provoke a descent back into hell?

Where are we? (4)

I've been worrying, for a couple of years now, about Russia's military buildup in the Arctic and Canada's lack of a meaningful, military, Arctic presence. As I mentioned, over two years ago, "This is not about NORAD or NATO, nor about peacekeeping or burden sharing, it is about the Defence of Canada and the territory, … Continue reading Where are we? (4)

Future wars (12): “Modern victory is won and lost in the information space, not on the physical battlefield”

The Economist runs a series called 'Open Future' which they describe as "A global conversation on the role of markets, technology and freedom in the 21st century." Recently they featured a book excerpt by Sean McFate, a former American Army officer, and mercenary (private military contractor) and now a scholar (at the National Defense University … Continue reading Future wars (12): “Modern victory is won and lost in the information space, not on the physical battlefield”

Everyman’s Strategic Survey (No 47, I think, but I may have lost count): Russia is a rogue, not a peer; China is a peer, not a rogue

James Dobbins, Howard J. Shatz, and Ali Wyne, writing for the RAND Organization, suggest, in a recent article, that "Russia Is a Rogue, Not a Peer ... [and] ... China Is a Peer, Not a Rogue." That's something I have been saying, less succinctly, for several years. "Great power competition has returned," the authors say, "China and … Continue reading Everyman’s Strategic Survey (No 47, I think, but I may have lost count): Russia is a rogue, not a peer; China is a peer, not a rogue