The return of the nation

Gideon Rachman, writing in the Financial Times, says that despite the popularity of the idea of a borderless world, which became near gospel about 30 years ago, "borders are now returning with a vengeance," and their return, he says, is being driven by the frightening spread of the COVID- 19 corona-virus. "When the pandemic passes, … Continue reading The return of the nation

Will China seize the day?

Dr Kurt M. Campbell, who was, amongst many other things, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs in the Obama administration where he was widely credited as being the architect of the “pivot to Asia,” and Dr Rush Doshi, who is the director China Strategy Initiative at the Brookings Institution, argue, in … Continue reading Will China seize the day?

I wonder if anyone is listening

Michelle Carbert, writing in the Globe and Mail, says that "Canada’s top general [General Jonathan Vance, ⇐ the Chief of the Defence Staff] says Russia poses the most immediate military threat to this country and the international community today, while China represents a significant risk for cyber attacks ... [and, the point was echoed by … Continue reading I wonder if anyone is listening

A crisis of governance

I have been arguing for some time that liberalism, and with it democracy, are under stress. I see the stressors coming from two directions: From autocrats like Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping; and From populists ~ Donald J Trump being their frontman. But Thomas Carothers of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, writing in Foreign … Continue reading A crisis of governance

Is this a ‘Boston Tea Party moment?’

One commentator on social media dubbed this ... ... the moment when Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault said that the Trudeau regime plans to license news websites as a 'Boston Tea Pary moment.' She was referring to the protest, in December of 1773, when angry American colonists (many dressed as Native Americans to try and hide … Continue reading Is this a ‘Boston Tea Party moment?’

Taiwan election

In a paper published by the Brooking Institution, Kharis Templeman of Stanford University says that "Taiwan will hold its presidential and legislative elections on January 11, 2020 ... [that's just hours from now] ... The incumbent president, Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), appears increasingly likely to prevail over her main challenger, Han Kuo-yu … Continue reading Taiwan election