This time is different*

Michael J Mazarr, who is a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation and who was a professor and associate dean of academics at the U.S. National War College, and also was a special assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, near the very top of the Pentagon, has written a short … Continue reading This time is different*

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

It’s time for Canada to step up

This follows on from my post, made a couple of days ago, about China's potential expansion into the Mediterranean, via a Belt and Road deal with Italy. I have been saying, for over three years, now, time after time, at that, that Canada needs to step up and share part of burden, born almost exclusively … Continue reading It’s time for Canada to step up

Is the future of the liberal world order conservative?

A week or so ago I wrote about an excellent article by Dr Richard Haass which explained how the liberal world order might end and why, if we want to avoid a Chinese dominated world order, which I suggest is not in our best interests, then the US led West must restore itself. Now, in Foreign … Continue reading Is the future of the liberal world order conservative?

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

How to avoid a war with China

There is a very insightful article in Foreign Affairs by former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, whose views on China I have discussed before, headlined "How to Avoid an Avoidable War ~ Ten Questions About the New U.S. China Strategy." Prime Minister Rudd begins by reminding us that "This November, we will commemorate the 100th anniversary … Continue reading How to avoid a war with China

Cold War 2.0

Walter Russell Mead, author of the über-insightful 'Special Providence: American Foreign Policy and How It Changed the World,' asks, in the Wall Street Journal, "Did Cold War II break out last week while no one was watching?"  He suggests that "As the Kavanaugh confirmation battle raged, many Americans missed what looks like the biggest shift in … Continue reading Cold War 2.0