How the world lulled itself into a false sense of security

Free nations must devote more resources to defence. Denialism and appeasement deliver death and destruction

How the world lulled itself into a false sense of securityOn Nov. 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall fell. East Germans streamed from communist East Berlin into democratic West Berlin. At the 1991 royal review of the Royal Observer Corps (ROC), Queen Elizabeth II announced “the end of the Cold War.” Amid talk of a peace dividend in 1995, the ROC, vital to Britain’s home defence,…

Strategic procrastination is Canada’s preferred Indo-Pacific strategy

But it could turn out to be the wisest approach to follow

Strategic procrastination is Canada’s preferred Indo-Pacific strategyPlans are useless, but planning is indispensable Dwight Eisenhower I was recently invited to present my views on Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy in discussion with Asian ambassadors in Ottawa. I noted that it’s better not to hold one’s breath waiting for a government policy document. That’s why Canada’s preferred foreign policy approach in normal times is…

Canada effectively absent in the Indo-Pacific

Ottawa’s non-existent profile in Indo-Pacific affairs a cause for concern and disappointment

Canada effectively absent in the Indo-PacificIf Canada has pretensions to being an Indo-Pacific power, then it has a difficult image problem to overcome – not in terms of its national reputation as a constructive and valued member of the international community, which are “a given,” but in terms of its “presence” and “engagement” with this pivotal region. While it is…

Why was Canada kept in the dark about “AUKUS”?

Key allies concerned about where Canada stands on China and Russia

Why was Canada kept in the dark about “AUKUS”?By Matthew Bondy and Jeffrey Collins When Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom announced their new “AUKUS” defence and security pact in September 2021, it took Canada by surprise. Though Canada joined those nations and New Zealand as members of the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing club that traces back to the Anglo-American alliance in…

What does the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework mean for Canada?

If this is the best the Americans can do to counter China, then Canada has to look elsewhere

What does the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework mean for Canada?The announcement on Victoria Day of the beginning of talks for countries to join the U.S. Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, widely covered in the U.S. and Asia, was mentioned in Canada only to note that we weren’t invited. That turns out to be the least important piece of news. The new initiative, the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework…

Canada has its own baby formula problem

Its largest baby formula plant ships all its products to China

Canada has its own baby formula problemParents of toddlers are concerned about baby formula shortages due to a combination of factors. A major recall in the United States affecting the top manufacturer of baby formula, coupled with supply chain challenges, has made things difficult for parents. In the U.S., some parents are driving hours just to get the right product for…

The world is on the brink of a food shortage

More than 100 million people will soon experience either famine or hunger

The world is on the brink of a food shortageFood supply chain hangovers due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have resulted in questions about the global nature of our food systems. Some suggest we need to deglobalize and refocus our energy on making most economies around the world food sovereign, including Canada’s. Given what the world is…

From evil to relativism and back again

'Evil' is back in rhetorical style, at least on a selective basis. Actual evil, of course, never went away

From evil to relativism and back againEvil was a very real concept when I was a child. Orthodox Catholic opinion in the Ireland I grew up in believed evil was personified by the devil. And the devil wasn’t just a metaphor but a real live entity. My grandmother’s house in rural County Cork had a religiously-themed image hanging on one of…

Ukraine, Taiwan, and the politics of big neighbour resentment

Anyone who resists is a “traitor”and therefore deserving of brutal retribution

Ukraine, Taiwan, and the politics of big neighbour resentmentMore than a month has elapsed since Russia launched its war of aggression against Ukraine. Its constant targeting of civilian targets, and evidence in recent days of other mass atrocities, have dispelled any doubt that what we are witnessing in Ukraine is nothing less than an annihilative effort by Moscow – an attempt to negate…
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