Not so fast

The cover of the current edition of Foreign Affairs says it all: America, many pundits, including many in America, Britain and Canada, say is in irreversible decline. The impact of Donald J Trump, they say, is greater than the fabled US Constitution and almost 250 years of history can overcome. America is doomed to declineContinue reading “Not so fast”

Will China seize the day?

Dr Kurt M. Campbell, who was, amongst many other things, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs in the Obama administration where he was widely credited as being the architect of the “pivot to Asia,” and Dr Rush Doshi, who is the director China Strategy Initiative at the Brookings Institution, argue, inContinue reading “Will China seize the day?”

But that may prove impossible.

John Ibitson, writing in the Globe and Mail, suggests that Justin Trudeau might want to try what former diplomat, national strategic planner in the Privy Council Office,  and commentator David Mulroney refers to (on social media) as… … “the “Ostrich” school of Canadian foreign policy.”  It has, he says,  two pillars: First, “Canada has noContinue reading “But that may prove impossible.”

Canada’s lack of a Foreign Policy

Zi-Ann Lum, writing in the Huffington Post, quotes former Canadian Security Intelligence Service chief (and also former Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet and National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister and Deputy Minister of National Defence) Dick Fadden who said that “recent Conservative and Liberal governments have “failed abominably” on foreign policy work with China.”Continue reading “Canada’s lack of a Foreign Policy”

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 IContinue reading “We need to get Canada up off its knees”

Cleavage politics is everybody’s loss

John Ibbitson, writing in the Globe and Mail, about a week ago, suggests that the “ballot question” for October 2019 is shaping up to be: Which of these two guys do I dislike or mistrust more than the other? He says that “The end of the Labour Day long weekend – when people reluctantly bidContinue reading “Cleavage politics is everybody’s loss”

“Mad Dog” speaks; Canada should listen

It is no secret that I am an admirer of retired US Marine Corps General and former US Secretary of Defense James “Mad Dog” Mattis; in fact, back in April of 2016 I hoped that he would run for president of the USA to spare America from having to choose between Donald Trump and Hillary ClintonContinue reading ““Mad Dog” speaks; Canada should listen”

Butts is Back

India is back on the front burner in Canadian politics. Remember the disastrous Trudeau trip in February of 2018? Well, noted Canadian journalist and commentator John Ivison interviewed Gerald Butts for a new book, ‘Trudeau: The Education of a Prime Minister,” which will be released in just a couple of days. In his own column,Continue reading “Butts is Back”

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, andContinue reading “Power Projection”