Asia/China

North Korea: This time we’re really serious, really.

Sep 13, 2017
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Vimy Intel Team

A week after North Korea’s sixth test of a nuclear weapon, this one a high-yield hydrogen bomb, followed by an emergency UN Security Council meeting to decide what to do about it, the Council met again on 11 September to give effect to the American-expressed sentiment “Enough is enough”. During the intervening days, the United States had circulated a draft

Looking inside the UN Security Council on North Korea

Sep 08, 2017
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Vimy Intel Team

On Monday, September 4, the UN Security Council held another “emergency session” on North Korea. During the hour and half meeting, members “strongly condemned” North Korea’s test of a hydrogen bomb — the sixth and most powerful test since the first in October 2006. According to the official report of the meeting, some members argued for more sanctions to be

All North Korea options are bad, but pick one

Aug 14, 2017
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Paul H. Chapin

The issue The latest news from North Korea is not to be dismissed as just another report about another missile test. Nor should US warnings against North Korea firing missiles across Japan into waters around Guam be disparaged as an over-reaction. The issue is the same one that gave rise to the Cuban missile crisis in 1962 and the Euro-missile

What’s next for US military engagement in Afghanistan?

May 22, 2017
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Omar Samad

Over the next few days, US government agencies with the task of reviewing and assessing the next phase of the military mission in Afghanistan will submit a set of recommendations drafted by the military brass to President Donald Trump, in which they are expected to call for a mini-boost in the US train, advice and assist operation under way since 2015. Odds

China loses badly in court, but doesn’t much care.

Jul 18, 2016
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Vimy Intel Team

China has suffered one of the most ignominious legal defeats ever handed out to a major power by an international court.  On 12 July 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague sided with the Philippines in its complaint against China’s activities in the South China Sea. While China disputed the court’s right to adjudicate the matter and largely

How the Aussies dump unwanted party leaders

Jan 23, 2016
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Vimy Intel Team

In a parliamentary democracy, there’s always drama associated with changing a party leader — especially one who doesn’t want to leave. In Canada, we make the process as traumatic as possible. When the leader finally goes, it can take months, even years, to put a new one in place — with all the turmoil of leadership campaigns, fights over balloting,

The little known legal battle over the South China Sea

Jan 04, 2016
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The Vimy Report

While the world’s attention has focused on US and Australian naval and air patrols challenging China’s claim to 90% of the South China Sea, the Philippines has taken China to court. So far, David has got Goliath on the defensive. The case is being heard — sort of — at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague which was

Asia/Pacific: Three reasons why Canada needs to be more involved

Aug 28, 2015
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Randolph Mank

Canada’s vital foreign policy interest lies in getting right its relations with the United States, including such mundane things as border management and an array of everyday bread-and-butter issues. The horrific events of 9/11 showed that this relationship is of existential importance to us and vastly outweighs everything else we do internationally. Geography is truly destiny and our trade figures

India under Modi turns a corner, but questions remain

Apr 14, 2015
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Sven Jurschewsky

Narendra Modi visits Canada this week. It was just about a year ago that this controversial political figure became prime minister of India. In the ensuing period, the “Modi wave” appears to have crested as pushback on his Hindu nationalist agenda and lack of progress on economic reforms led to a disastrous showing in a recent important state election. To

India

India 2.0 — Part One: Will India finally stop disappointing everyone?

Oct 30, 2014
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Sven Jurschewsky

Part One: Will India finally stop disappointing everyone? Part Two: We really must talk about Narendra Part Three: A world power in waiting Summary In the spring of 2014, the largest democratic vote in history took place. Between April 7 and May 12, it is estimated that some 537 million people went to the polls in India. Interestingly, they didn’t elect yet another