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

Oct 30, 2014
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

China and Japan

China finds news ways to irritate Japan

Jul 08, 2014
The Vimy Report

China appears bound and determined to flex its muscle and alienate itself from other countries in the Asia-Pacific region. After setting up new oil rigs in the South China Sea and re-drawing the map to give itself more territory, the world’s most-populous nation recently celebrated the 77th anniversary of the Sino-Japanese War. The Sino-Japanese War, commonly known in China as

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Does China have a hidden agenda?

Jul 01, 2014
The Vimy Report

The recent tension between China and other Asian nations has been curious to some observers. According to the Australian government, antagonizing its neighbours such as Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines and others is in contrast to how China normally operates. “What the Chinese policy has been, and I think it’s curious that it has been so counterproductive, it has been to

Hillary Clinton's new book, Hard Choices, will not be sold at bookstores in China.

Hillary Clinton’s book criticizing censorship in China gets censored in China

Jun 29, 2014
The Vimy Report

Hillary Clinton’s latest memoir Hard Choices will not be coming to a Chinese bookstore near you. The book, which chronicles Clinton’s time as U.S. secretary of state is widely critical of China, its administration and its issues with human rights. Clinton dedicates a full chapter to her efforts on behalf of Chen Guangcheng, the blind Chinese dissident and civil rights activist