October is Women’s History Month

So, a friend reminds me that this is Women's History Month ... One could, I suppose go back a long way and talk about Bathsheba, the wife of King David (around 1000 BCE) and the Mother of King Soloman, or Wu Zetian, the powerful 7th century CE Chinese empress, or the Great Abbesses of medieval … Continue reading October is Women’s History Month

And this, too …

David Mulroney, a former very senior official who was, during a career and included many important posts, Canada's Ambassador to China said this on social media: The "this" to which he was referring was the latest scandal to engulf the Liberals, in this case, according to the Globe and Mail, Joyce Murray, the Trudeau minister … Continue reading And this, too …

Yesterday …

Yesterday was 'Liberation Day' (Bevrijdingsdag) in the Netherlands.  May 5th marks the end of the German occupation which lasted from May 1940 until May 1945. It follows the Remembrance of the Dead Day (Dodenherdenking) which is held on 4 May. That's when our Dutch friends remember all civilians and members of the armed forces of … Continue reading Yesterday …

We must never forget

Despite the ongoing concerns about the novel coronavirus which we are all facing, we must never forget what happened more than 75 years ago. 75 years ago today, on 15 April 1945, soldiers of the British 11th Armoured Division liberated the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp ... ... they found many thousands of bodies that lay unburied … Continue reading We must never forget

Returning to a need for change

I'm going to return to a subject that has been on my mind for the last couple of years: the fate or future of the "international liberal order" in the age of Donald Trump, Xi Jinping and Justin Trudeau. I am going to quote from an article in Foreign Affairs by Rebecca Friedman Lissner and Mira Rapp-Hooper. They … Continue reading Returning to a need for change

Urban warfare, war in megacities ~ getting it all wrong?

A few months ago I wrote a series of pieces about the nature of war in the future; one article was about urban warfare. Now I see a very interesting article in Signal, the journal of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) (which is a sort of professional association for military communication and … Continue reading Urban warfare, war in megacities ~ getting it all wrong?

Everyman’s Strategic Survey: America In Retreat

There are two very similar articles in two influential journals that are closely related: In the Financial Times, Philip Stephens writes in an article headlined "Donald Trump has sounded America’s global retreat," that "The guiding assumptions of modern American foreign policy were set out in a document written in 1950 for president Harry Truman. NSC-68 as it … Continue reading Everyman’s Strategic Survey: America In Retreat

The American Empire

Two things caught my eye the other day. First was this post on social media from the respected American diplomat and commentator Richard Haas: My 'world' was, mostly, defined by those decades when US policy was, I thought, defined by the Truman Doctrine which endured, albeit often largely ignored, from the late 1940s until, I … Continue reading The American Empire

75 years ago …

As in past years, I remember my father, Lieutenant Commander Frank Campbell and the other officers and sailors of HMCS Louisburg who were killed in action at sea off the coast of North Africa ... ... on 6 February 1943 while Louisburg was escorting a convoy of (mainly) troopships ~ most filled with US soldiers … Continue reading 75 years ago …