All posts by Paul H. Chapin

Paul H. Chapin

Paul Chapin is Executive Editor of The Vimy Report. During a 30-year career in the Canadian foreign service, he served in Tel Aviv, Moscow, at NATO, and in Washington where he was head of the political section. He can be reached at

Trump writes to Trudeau on defence spending

Jul 10, 2018

While its existence has been widely reported and some of its contents cited, the full text of President Trump’s letter to Prime Minister Trudeau on

Defence expenditures of NATO countries

Jul 10, 2018

The following data is drawn from the NATO Public Diplomacy Division analysis of “Defence Expenditure of NATO Countries (2010-2017), published 15 March 2018 — COMMUNIQUE

The Iran deal: Five questions diplomats don...

May 28, 2018

On May 8, President Trump announced the United States was withdrawing from the Iran nuclear “deal” and reinstating US sanctions on Tehran. Predictably, what dominated the

F-35: Four fallacies that skew debate

Feb 21, 2018

Following is a repeat posting of an article which first appeared in The Vimy Report on November 6, 2015 under the title “F-35: Slow down

Is it Last Post for the Canadian Armed Forc...

Feb 21, 2018

 Synopsis The Canadian Armed Forces are entering a new “decade of darkness” characterized by wilting defence capabilities, in the process disarming Canadian diplomacy and leaving

Dumbing down on Jerusalem

Feb 12, 2018

A year of missed opportunities Israel’s great foreign minister, Abba Eban, once famously commented that “the Arabs never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity”.

Three questions we need to answer about pea...

Feb 12, 2018

Throughout the democratic world, people have lamented the absence of peace in the Middle East. To date, the conflict between Arabs and Israelis has killed

Saudi Arabia is not jumping on the anti-US ...

Dec 13, 2017

King Salman of Saudi Arabia didn’t attend this week’s Islamic summit in Istanbul, where leaders roundly criticized the United States for recognizing Jerusalem as the

The Missile Menace: Don’t count on Un...

Oct 11, 2017

Canada has been short of political courage in recent years, and it is not a condition easily remedied. But responsible citizens should draw the line

This is National Defence?

Oct 11, 2017

What is it about Canada that makes it so dumb on issues of national defence? Sure, it’s a country the size of a continent and