It is time (4)

I’m going to the bottom of the list I posted a few days ago to deal with “Foreign and defence policy and the compelling need ~ see What Canada needs from a couple of day ago ~ to face a dangerous world with confidence, including, especially how to deal with China, Iran, North Korea and Russia, but …

It is time

Many years ago an author/playwright put these words into the mouth of one of his characters: “I know what you’re against .. [but] … What are you for?” It remains a pertinent question today, for many, many people all around the world. Here in Canada it appears, to me, that Erin O’Tool and his Conservatives are fully …

What Canada needs

““There is no way you can look at the global landscape and see [anything] other than increased indicators of danger and threats … [but] … The level of real and actual danger will depend on how it is that nations around the world hold China to account, and the same can be said for Russia.”” …

It’s 2021 …

… and I note that the United Nations says that “The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system made up of 47 States responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe.” Isn’t that grand? We have a body, it meets in Geneva ~ lovely city, …

Losing the struggle for values

Dr Zack Cooper a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and Laura Rosenberger, a Senior Fellow at and Director of the Alliance for Securing Democracy in Washington, DC, say, in an article in Foreign Affairs that in “today’s competition between democracies and authoritarian powers is more than a power struggle: values lie at its …

Being prepared

Professor Jean-Christophe Boucher a foreign and defence policy expert at the University of Calgary has released some poll results about how Canadians feel about military missions. I do no find the overall results shocking … … because I remain convinced that most Canadians neither know nor care much about either foreign or defence policy. They, …

The Gretzky version

Professor Peter Harris (University of Colorado) suggests, in an article in Business Insider, that President-elect Biden will find it difficult, likely impossible to achieve anything like bipartisan support for his foreign policy. Even many Democrats, Professor Harris, says will not accept Biden’s views. Instead, he argues, President-elect Biden should borrow “from Wayne Gretzky, he should …

Biden’s new world order?

As we get ready for what I assume will be an orderly transition, in January, to a Biden administration, assuming, as I do, that all the court challenges will have failed, it is instructive to look back to the Spring of this year when President-elect Biden wrote an essay for Foreign Affairs in which he …

Influence operations

David Pugliese, one of the few Canadian journalists who writes knowledgeably and critically (because he’s well informed) about Canadian defence issues, reports, in the Ottawa Citizen, that “The Canadian Forces wants to establish a new organization that will use propaganda and other techniques to try to influence the attitudes, beliefs and behaviours of Canadians, according …

“We are under attack”

French President Emmanuel Macron is quoted, in an article in the Globe and Mail, as saying that ““Very clearly, it’s France that has been attacked .. [and] … If we are under attack, it’s because of our values, our taste for freedom, the ability on our soil to have freedom of belief,” Mr. Macron said …