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*

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 the … Continue 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 the … Continue 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

One small step

The South China Morning Post reports that "A bloc of Southeast Asian nations and China have agreed on a draft code of conduct that will lay the foundation for talks over the disputed South China Sea, the foreign ministers of Singapore and China announced on Thursday." The article goes on to explain that "The agreement … Continue reading One small step

First rough draft of history

The daily news, it is said, is the first rough draft of history. As I peruse the news coming out of Singapore I see: "A Historic Breakthrough or a Historic Blunder in Singapore? ~ Kim Jong Un May Have Outwitted Trump at the Summit" in Foreign Affairs; "Critics say US-North Korea summit deal leaves Kim the … Continue reading First rough draft of history