U.S. leadership cannot be revived

Daniel Drezner is a professor of international politics at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and also a nonresident senior fellow at the Project on International Order and Strategy at the Brookings Institution. He self describes as an independent; he left the Republican Party in reaction to Donald Trump but he says he is not a Democrat. He … Continue reading U.S. leadership cannot be revived

Is this how the liberal world order ends?

Richard N. Haass, who, like John Ibbitson, is someone I regularly cite in these ramblings, is a veteran American diplomat and, since 2003, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, one of America's most highly regarded think thanks. He has written a thoughtful piece, in Foreign Affairs, headlined "How a World Order Ends, And What … Continue reading Is this how the liberal world order ends?

Just a thought (5): What happens next in the Middle East?

This is the fifth of five of my 'thoughts' on diverse strategic issues in the first 10 days of 2019. Well, one was related to the state of democracy in Canada, that's not exactly a matter of great strategic import but it should be of concern to some of us. Look at these maps, please: … Continue reading Just a thought (5): What happens next in the Middle East?

Punching below our weight

Lawrence Martin in a journalist/commentator with whose opinions I very often disagree; he has a strong anti-conservative, and pro-Liberal bias; he has been a reliable leader of he Justin Trudeau cheering section. But that doesn't mean that he's blind to reality nor that he is totally uncritical. In a recent column in the Globe and … Continue reading Punching below our weight

Calling it what it is

Yesterday there was yet another terrorist attack in yet another major Western City, this time in Melbourne's central business district. As these things go it was relatively low intensity ... only one person was stabbed to death, but consider Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison's, comments; he, very correctly, blamed the attack on religious extremism. "He … Continue reading Calling it what it is