America is divided, not broken

I see opinion piece after opinion piece, like a column by Andrew Coyne and this one in the Globe and Mail, that all say “America is broken.” America has been even more deeply divided before, so deeply divided that it fought a long and extraordinarily bloody civil war … … to sort itself out. ThenContinue reading “America is divided, not broken”

The answer is …

The Economist asks an important question: “Can Hong Kong remain a conduit between China and the world?” The short answer is: No. As The Economist says, “Hong Kong’s place in the world depends on having the rule of law, a trusted reputation and seamless access to Western financial markets.” The “rule of law” is dyingContinue reading “The answer is …”

Standing up …

OK, a couple of days ago I said, “Prime Minister Justin. Trudeau should listen to former Prime Minister Turnbull, to his own national security and military advisors and to his allies who advise standing up to China.“ How? Well, for a start ban Huawei from Canada’s 5G network. Don’t do it on technical grounds. DoContinue reading “Standing up …”

Warning

Professor Michael Beckley (Tufts University) sounds a warning in Foreign Affairs in an article titled “The United States Should Fear a Faltering China ~ Beijing’s Assertiveness Betrays Its Desperation.” His thesis is both simple and compelling: China’s seemingly inexorable rise is faltering; Although the numbers still look good by First World standards they may, in fact,Continue reading “Warning”

Everyman’s Strategic Survey: Words of wisdom

You can, and everyone with an interest in the global strategic situation and, especially, the evolving relationship between America and China should watch/listen to and read Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore’s, address to the 2019 Shangri-la Dialogue. It stands, in my considered opinion, as a truly expert strategic survey of the current global situationContinue reading “Everyman’s Strategic Survey: Words of wisdom”

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 shortContinue reading “This time is different*”

Canada is still excluded

Back in 2018, the Canadian International Council noted that “While multiple Canadian governments have asserted it is in our national interest to be active in the Asia Pacific, Canada’s recent military and security record shows a lacklustre—and even dwindling—presence … [and] … Beyond a few “enhanced engagement” documents and Canada’s so-called “Year of the Asia Pacific”Continue reading “Canada is still excluded”

Will the (possible) US-China trade deal be bad for Canada?

Two items in the Globe and Mail caught my eye: First, Adam Tooze, a professor of history, and director of the European Institute, at Columbia University writes that “Mr. Trump’s trade policy is a strange mélange. It represents not one single coherent response to globalization, but a series of reactions superimposed one on top of theContinue reading “Will the (possible) US-China trade deal be bad for Canada?”

Military command, control and communications

Caveat lector: First, I have been retired from the Canadian Army for longer than more than ¼ of all living Canadians have even been alive; many things have changed since I served. On the other hand I was, some may think I still am, something of an expert on the management and use of theContinue reading “Military command, control and communications”

Dealing with a big thing

John Ibbitson, again (I featured one of his columns just yesterday) who is Writer at Large ~ a sort of ‘super-columnist’ I suppose ~ at the Globe and Mail, and  Darrell Bricker, who is Global CEO of Ipsos Public Affairs, are the co-authors of The Big Shift (2013) and Empty Planet: The Shock of Global Population Decline (2019),Continue reading “Dealing with a big thing”