Russia, China and Collaborative Actions: An Alliance in the Making

01/19/2019
By Stephen Blank A virtual flood of studies and articles continues to appear concerning Russo-Chinese relations.[i] Although the expert consensus remains that no alliance or no formal alliance between Russia and China exists despite their visibly growing intimacy; I would dispute that finding.[ii] Indeed, Moscow keeps inventing euphemisms to disguise…

Brexit and Identity Politics: A Case Study of Globalization in Flux

01/18/2019
By Kenneth Maxwell On January 15, 2019, the British prime minister, Mrs Theresa May, suffered the greatest parliamentary defeat in British history when members of the House of Commons voted 432 to 202 to kill her BREXIT deal which sets out the terms of Britain’s exit from the EU on…

Germany, Direct Defense and Reshaping Coalitions

12/30/2018
By Robbin Laird Recently, I wrote a review of the outstanding book by Sir Paul Lever which examines Germany’s role in Europe and the challenges facing Germany as it shapes its role ahead. His argument is straightforward – the European Union reflects the values and interests of Germany and weaves…

The New Iraqi Government: Shaping a Way Ahead

12/14/2018
Iraqis had to wait for more than five months after the parliamentary elections to form a new government. In October 2018, after a complicated electoral campaign, the Iraqis finally had a new president and prime minister. What will happen next and how will the team lead Iraq, a divided country…

Canadian Government Moving Military Aircraft Testing Facility Out of Cold Lake

12/10/2018
According to a story by David Pugliese and Tyler Dawson published in the National Post on December 6, 2018, the Canadian government is establishing a new military aircraft testing facility in Ottawa and moving it from Cold Lake. The federal government will create a new centre of excellence in Ottawa to…

The “Month of Living Dangerously”: French Unrest and Its Impact

12/07/2018
By Murielle Delaporte With the fiftieth anniversary of "May ’68" this year, many activist groups in France tried last spring to recreate it. It did not happen then, but a new effort has been launched in the past couple of months to make it happen, although the motivations, conditions and…

Remembering President George H.W. Bush: Germany, The Soviet Union and the First Gulf War

12/03/2018
By Robbin Laird It seems a world ago, that George H.W. Bush was President. He was the Vice President for a very controversial President, namely President Reagan and brought with him extensive foreign policy expertise. And this expertise was put to the test at a crucial turning point in history.…

Franco-German Initiatives and the Next Phase of European Construction

11/22/2018
It is clear that for President Macron and for Chancellor Merkel that a new impulse needs to be generated for European construction. And they clearly are working together to do this. Whether this an engine driving effective change for the entire European Union is a different matter; for different initiatives…