A recipe for populism

I am going to deal, for a few days, with the threats that I see facing liberalism and liberal democracy and, consequently, facing Canada, too. The celebrated Scots-American author and historian Niall Ferguson, speaking in 2016, BEFORE Donald Trump was elected and when most people still believed that Hillary Clinton would be the next US … Continue reading A recipe for populism

A civil abortion debate cannot happen here

There is an interesting opinion piece, by Thomas B Edsall, in The New York Times, headlined "Why the Fight Over Abortion Is Unrelenting." He gives the answer, provided by Professor Kristen Luker in 1984, right up front: "Why is the debate so bitter, so emotional?" Professor Luker asked. "Part of the answer is very simple: … Continue reading A civil abortion debate cannot happen here

Power Projection

I have argued, in the past, that the strategic role of power projection is one at which navies excel and, some would argue, it is one that only a navy can do well. Navies can prowl the oceans and remain 'on station' near a potential troublespot or a strategic 'choke point' for protracted periods, and … Continue reading Power Projection

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?

Trade wars cut both ways

I see, in the South China Morning Post that "Airbus secured a US$35 billion jet deal from China during a state visit by President Xi Jinping to the French capital, dealing a fresh blow to Boeing as it grapples with the grounding of its bestselling [737-MAX] jet ... [and] ... China has become the most … Continue reading Trade wars cut both ways

Everyman’s Strategic Survey: China expands, again … this time into Italy

So, just a few months ago the budget battles between Italy and the EU were seen, by some observers, as being even more important for the future of Europe than was the Brexit. The headline in Bloomberg Businessweek shouted that "The EU Is More Worried About Italy Than Brexit ~ Brussels can handle losing London, but … Continue reading Everyman’s Strategic Survey: China expands, again … this time into Italy

Everyman’s Strategic Survey (No 47, I think, but I may have lost count): Russia is a rogue, not a peer; China is a peer, not a rogue

James Dobbins, Howard J. Shatz, and Ali Wyne, writing for the RAND Organization, suggest, in a recent article, that "Russia Is a Rogue, Not a Peer ... [and] ... China Is a Peer, Not a Rogue." That's something I have been saying, less succinctly, for several years. "Great power competition has returned," the authors say, "China and … Continue reading Everyman’s Strategic Survey (No 47, I think, but I may have lost count): Russia is a rogue, not a peer; China is a peer, not a rogue