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 …

Middle power?

Professor Roland Paris, of the University of Ottawa, who was formerly the foreign policy advisor to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and who has written a lot about Canada in the world, was interviewed, recently, on Australia's ABC Radio. It's a nearly one-hour-long piece, Professor Paris is on for about 10 minutes, at the beginning, and … Continue reading Middle power?

Trudeau’s foreign policy failure … and another prescription for saving the liberal order

The Globe and Mail's award-winning international affairs correspondent Doug Saunders, someone with whom I (almost equally) often disagree and agree, has penned an insightful piece in the Good Grey Globe in which he says that "Suddenly, Canada finds itself almost alone in the world, with a Liberal government realizing that its optimistic foreign policy no … Continue reading Trudeau’s foreign policy failure … and another prescription for saving the liberal order

Saving the liberal world order: what middle powers might be able to do …

I said, yesterday, that Canada should be doing what it can, hopefully even playing a leading role in restraining Cold War 2.0, which is both unnecessary and, in my opinion, ill-conceived. Professor Roland Paris, of the University of Ottawa, a political scientist and former foreign policy advisor to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has written a … Continue reading Saving the liberal world order: what middle powers might be able to do …

Doing the wrong thing, the wrong way … again

Global News reports that US President Donald Trump is saying that "he would intervene in the Justice Department’s case against a Chinese telecommunications executive if it would help secure a trade deal with Beijing ... [he said] ... “If I think it’s good for the country, if I think it’s good for what will be certainly … Continue reading Doing the wrong thing, the wrong way … again

The United Nations Security Council and Canadian Policy

I have said, many times, that I think Canada's quest for a temporary, second class (no veto power) seat on the UN Security Council, which I have also described as worthless, is a waste of time and effort. I have also said that Professor Roland Paris of uOttawa is a very smart guy. Now, in … Continue reading The United Nations Security Council and Canadian Policy

You know things are bad when …

... even the prime minister's former (first) foreign policy advisor says that "“We can’t afford to continue these unforced errors, because there are real costs to relationships and to Canada’s credibility.”" Writing in the Globe and Mail, John Ibbitson, who is often critical of the Trudeau Liberals, recounts his conversation with Professor Roland Paris of … Continue reading You know things are bad when …