The new world

About a dozen years ago a well known strategic scholar named Thomas P. M. Barnett wrote a very interesting book called “The Pentagon’s New Map.” The premise was that we could divide the world into two parts: The Functioning Core; and The Non-Integrating Gap. Graphically, it (Dr. Barnett’s theory) looked like this: You can, and IContinue reading “The new world”

Values and Vital Interests

As I fumed over the recent budget and its very real potential (I think certainty) to do real harm to Canada’s strategic position in the world by depriving us of the fiscal “room” to respond, even moderately, to a crisis that threatens our vital interests before the crisis requires a major response ~ the sortContinue reading “Values and Vital Interests”

Lessons from down under

There is a very interesting article on The Embassy website by David Perry, the Senior Analyst of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, and Tom Ring, a Senior Fellow at the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and a former Assistant Deputy Minister, Acquisitions Branch, at PWGSC, about how looking at the recent AustralianContinue reading “Lessons from down under”

Peter MacKay is right

David Akin, in his On The Hill blog, reports on Peter MacKay’s reaction to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s childish “Canada is back,” rhetoric.” Mr Akin says: “At the United Nations in New York on Wednesday, Trudeau and some of the six ministers accompanying him used words like “renewal”, “re-engage”, and “re-vitalize” to describe their government’sContinue reading “Peter MacKay is right”

Just a little leadership, please

This image, from the International Spectator, is of the Zaatari Syrian refugee camp in Jordan, it is now equivalent to being that country’s fourth largest city: The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says there are about 80,000 people there. If Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Canadians in general were really interested in helping withContinue reading “Just a little leadership, please”

An Almost Anglosphere

The Anglosphere, a semi-mythical construct, is very popular amongst some analysts, especially amongst those who despair of the low level of current US strategic leadership and in the loss of public trust throughout the US led West. For one brief shining moment, in 1943, on the old, French, ramparts of Quebec City, oddly enough, theContinue reading “An Almost Anglosphere”

Going down a moral rat hole

I said, about a month ago, that “the diplomats in the Pearson Building do have interests: they believe, with good reason, that it was Prime Minister Harper’s foreign policy, especially his unstinting, some would say uncritical and one-sided support for Israel, that “cost” Canada a seat on the UN Security Council when it was, inContinue reading “Going down a moral rat hole”

Self Serving Codswallop From the Usual Suspect

A Globe and Mail article, from late last week, says that: “Federal officials have told Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that Canada’s strategic interest would be well served by strengthening economic ties with oil-rich Saudi Arabia because of its powerful position in the Persian Gulf. [and] Canada’s interests in the tumultuous region are spelled out inContinue reading “Self Serving Codswallop From the Usual Suspect”

The next Conservative leader should be a lot like a long dead Liberal

I said, earlier, in a post about the Conservative leadership race, that we should look to Liberal Prime Minister Louis St Laurent as a “model” for our next Conservative leader … … Uncle Louis, as he was often called, not always with great affection, was, in the words of Gordon Robertson, one of the bestContinue reading “The next Conservative leader should be a lot like a long dead Liberal”